Teenager killed in Shiite mosque attack in Karachi

Pakistani Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Karachi in September. A Shiite mosque came under attack on Monday, killing one teenager and injuring nine others.
Pakistani Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers at a mosque in Karachi in September. A Shiite mosque came under attack on Monday, killing one teenager and injuring nine others.PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI (AFP) - A teenager was killed and nine other people were injured, some critically, in an attack on a Shia mosque in Karachi on Monday, officials said.

"Two men on a motorbike hurled an improvised explosive device at an Imambargah (Shia mosque) in Liaqat Abad neighbourhood of Karachi and drove away," Mushtaq Mehar, Karachi police chief told AFP.

A 13-year-old boy was killed and nine others, mostly women, were injured in the attack, he added.

The injured were taken to the government-run Abbasi Shaheed hospital where doctors said some were in critical condition.

"A woman and a child are in critical condition while rest of the injured are stable," Nadeem Rajput, medical officer of the hospital told AFP.

Shiite Muslims around the world mark the death of Imam Hussein - grandson of the prophet Muhammad - in the Islamic month of Muharram, which this year falls in October.

Many women were at the mosque to participate in ceremonies during the attack.

Sectarian violence - in particular by Sunni hardliners against Shiites who make up roughly 20 per cent of Pakistan's 200 million people - has claimed thousands of lives in the country over the past decade.