At least 15 people have been killed and 40 others injured after a suicide blast hit an Imambargah located in Rawalpindi, a metropolitan of Pakistan.
According to rescue sources, the blast hit Shiite mourners near Qasr-e-Shabbir Imambargah in Dhoke Syedan area of Rawalpindi, killing 15 people and injuring 40 others.
“Qasar-e-Shabbir Imambargah could accommodate almost 400 people at a time and the causalities might increase.”
Private security guard Masood Hussain Shah and head constable Ittefaq averted a major disaster when they forcibly stopped the teenaged bomber from entering the Qasr-i-Sakina Imambargah in Shakrial along the Islamabad Expressway. Almost 500 people, including women and children, were present at the imambargah.
The security guard remained unhurt, but the policeman was injured. Six-year-old Urooj was hit by shrapnel and died, while her father was injured. The explosion took place a few minutes before a procession was due to reach the place.
A police official said the attacker appeared to be 17 years old.