8 killed as blast targets Pindi Imambargah

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RAWALPINDI: A powerful blast rattled an imambargah in a densely populated area of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing at least eight people and injuring several others.

The blast took place outside Imambargah Aun Mohammad Rizvi in Chatian Hatian area of Rawalpindi, also damaging the building. An Eid Milaun Nabi (PBUH) congregation was being observed at the imambargah at the time of the blast.

Eyewitnesses said that the blast took place when a suspected suicide-bomber tried to enter the imambargah but was stopped at the entrance.

At least four bodies had been brought to the DHQ, where an emergency had been imposed, hospital sources said. Several people were also injured in the explosion, with rescue workers saying the number of casualties was expected to rise. Two policemen, who were posted on security duty outside the Imambargah, were also among the injured.

Strongly condemning the terrorist attack, MWM leader Allama Nasir Abbas said that there was a need to carry out military operations against the terrorists throughout the country.

Meanwhile, taking notice of the incident, Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar has ordered the IGP Punjab to launch a probe into the incident. Agencies

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