9 Aug 2013

Another fatal attack in Quetta

9:49 pm on 9 August 2013

At least nine people have been killed after gunmen opened fire outside a mosque in the second attack in Quetta in south-west Pakistan in as many days.

About 15 others were wounded in the attack on Friday, which came as worshippers left the Sunni Muslim mosque after sunrise prayers for the Eid al-Fitr festival.

Bullets hit the car of Ali Madad Jatak, a former Pakistan People's Party provincial minister, but he was unhurt, the BBC reports.

Mr Jatak held a ministerial role in the Balochistan provincial government, as a representative of the PPP, which headed the last national coalition government.

No group has said it carried out the shooting, which took place near Quetta's eastern bypass.

On Thursday, at least 30 people died and more than 50 were injured in a suicide bomb attack.

The bomb went off at a funeral for a policeman who was shot and killed as he travelled through Quetta earlier on Thursday with his children, who were both injured.

One of the most senior officers in the city and other colleagues of the policeman were among those killed in the blast.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, however the BBC reports suspicion is likely to fall on the Taliban who have in the past carried out numerous suicide bombings in Balochistan.