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19 Killed as Militants Attack Pakistani Shiite Mosque

A Pakistani official says that the death toll in a militant attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 19.

Published: 13th February 2015 03:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2015 04:22 PM   |  A+A-

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People watch a fire which erupted after a bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan. (AP)

By AP

NEW DELHI: A Pakistani official says that the death toll in a militant attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 19.

Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani says the attack on Friday also wounded more than 40 people. There was much shooting in the immediate aftermath of the explosion but he says the violence is now over.

A senior police officer, Mian Mohammad Saeed, said roughly three or four attackers entered the mosque, and that one suicide bomber blew himself up.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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