At least nine people have been wounded in a hand grenade attack on a Shia mosque in Pakistan ' s southern port city of Karachi, police officials say.
The attack happened on Thursday in Majeed Colony situated in eastern neighborhood of Landhi.
“Attackers threw a hand grenade on a Shia mosque, wounding nine people, two of them seriously, ” city police chief Shahid Hayat said.
Reports say that the assailants managed to flee the scene and their whereabouts remain unknown. Following the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and launched an investigation. On the same day, local senior police official Nasir Aftab issued a statement saying that those wounded in the attack were all Shia Muslims. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but police officials lay the blame on pro-Taliban militants, who have carried out similar assaults in the past. Violence has escalated against Shia Muslims in different parts of Pakistan in recent months Moreover, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says hundreds of Shias were killed in Pakistan in 2012, which was the deadliest year on record for the Shia Muslim community. Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings. They also accuse Islamabad of failing to provide security for Muslims. Meanwhile, thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US on the so-called war against terrorism. Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.