A Sunni mosque in Quetta, Pakistan has been struck by a militant group, leaving nine people dead and injuring almost thirty.
The gunmen targeted the vehicle of a politician driving past worshippers. The Baluchistan province is home to several militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban which killed thirty people at a funeral on Thursday.
“When people came outside on the stairs, the terrorists were already there. They started shooting and targeting many people. Two children were among the martyrs,” recounted one eyewitness to the attack.
This incident on the Muslim holy day of Eid, is the latest in a spiral of violence since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office two months ago. Critics say his government is yet to deliver on campaign promises to negotiate a security agenda with militant groups.
The US has evacuated the Pakistani embassy in Lahore of non-essential staff and warned its citizens not to travel there.
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