Written by Bella Dalima
13 Feb, 2015 | 4:04 pm
At least 19 people were killed on Friday (February 13) in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a series of explosions targeting a Shi’ite mosque.
Police said a group of armed men broke into the mosque, where people were attending Friday prayers, and opened fire, following which three explosions were heard inside the building. The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against the state to set up a hard-line Sunni theocracy in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Peshawar’s Hayatabad Medical Complex said at least 19 people had been killed. The attack comes at a time when Pakistan is attempting to adopt new measures to tackle Islamist militants following a massacre of 134 children on Dec. 16 at an army-run school in Peshawar.
The Pakistani Government has pledged to crack down on all militant groups, and has reintroduced the death penalty, set up military courts to speed convictions and widened its military campaign in northwestern areas on the Afghan border where militants find refuge.
Yet Pakistan’s religious minorities, among them Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus, say the government is doing little to alleviate their daily struggle against humiliation, discrimination and violence.Last month, dozens of people were killed in a similar attack on a Shi’ite mosque in the southern town of Shikarpur.
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