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3 dead in Taliban attack on Pak Shiite mosque

At least three people were killed and seven others injured today when a Taliban militant attacked a minority Shiite mosque in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi, the latest in a series of incidents of sectarian violence in the country.

The armed militant attacked the Qasr-e-Sakina Imambargah on Kuri Road.

Three people were killed in the attack, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences spokeswoman Ayasha Isani said. The seven injured have been admitted to hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, police said.

“The exact nature of the attack is not clear,” said a police official. However, media reports said a suicide bomber tried to blow himself up after security officials confronted him, but his jacket malfunctioned and only partially exploded. He was killed in firing by the security officials.

Jundullah, a splinter group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed the attack as a reaction to the military operation, named Zarb-e-Azb, launched in North Waziristan.
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