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One killed, two hurt in Pakistan mosque attack

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon inside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding two, police said.
/ Source: Reuters

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon inside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding two, police said.

The attack occurred at the Mohammedi Mosque in a low income neighbourhood of North Karachi, police officer Imran Ahmar told Reuters.

“It is too early to say whether it’s an act of terrorism or the result of personal enmity. We are investigating,” Ahmar said.

Traditional rivalry between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims has exploded in a wave of attacks in Pakistan in recent months. The attacks, including suicide bombings at mosques, have killed dozens of people.

Prayer leader Mufti Farooq Ahmed Siddiqui, wounded in the leg on Wednesday, said there were at least 250 worshippers in the mosque at the time of the attack.

“Someone started shooting during the prayers,” said Siddiqui. “I only heard gunshots on my back ... then the people started running.”

Police have blamed militants from outlawed Sunni and Shi’ite groups for the recent attacks.

Security has been stepped up at the places of worship because of the fear of more attacks during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which started last month.

A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon inside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the port city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding two, police said.

The attack occurred at the Mohammedi Mosque in a low income neighbourhood of North Karachi, police officer Imran Ahmar told Reuters.

“It is too early to say whether it’s an act of terrorism or the result of personal enmity. We are investigating,” he said.