Pakistan: Peshawar bombing leaves one dead and three injured


At least one person was killed and three others injured in a bomb blast in the western Pakistani city of Peshawar Thursday morning, police said.

The blast happened as people were emerging from a Shiite Muslim mosque in Peshawar’s Old City shortly after dawn. An improvised explosive device had been planted in an alley outside the mosque, said local police chief Qazi Jamil.

The blast killed one passer-by and wounded three others, he said. The motive of the attack was not immediately known, but sectarian violence involving Sunni and Shiite Muslims is not uncommon in Pakistan.

Police and military forces have cordoned off the area and are searching for suspected militants. They have also launched an investigation into the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.