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Deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

Friday, August 09, 2013 - 00:28

Aug.9 - Several killed and dozens wounded as gunmen open fire on a car leaving a mosque in Quetta. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Gunmen in Pakistan fired on the vehicle of a politician driving past worshippers leaving a mosque on the Muslim holy day of Eid, killing at least nine people and wounding 27 in the western city of Quetta, police said. Police official Bashir Brohi said Friday's shooting seemed to have been aimed at former provincial minister Ali Mohammad Jattak as his vehicle went by, but the motive and identity of the perpetrators were unclear. Quetta is the capital of eastern Baluchistan province, where several militant groups are active, including the Pakistani Taliban, who claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 30 people at a policeman's funeral on Thursday. The attack is the latest instance of spiralling militant violence since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office two months ago, with a string of high-profile attacks in the last two weeks. Sharif's government has not yet presented a security strategy, despite campaign promises to negotiate with militant groups. Security in the capital, Islamabad, was tightened in the run-up to Eid, which ends the Ramadan fasting month. The United States has warned citizens not to travel to Pakistan and has ordered the evacuation of non-essential staff from its consulate in the north-eastern city of Lahore due to the threat of attack

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Deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

Friday, August 09, 2013 - 00:28