Suicide Bomber Kills Two in Attack on Islamabad Mosque

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Pakistani police officers stand guard while rescue workers wait for people who were injured from an attack on a Shiite mosque, at a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.Anjum Naveed / AP

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least two people are dead and four injured after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad Wednesday, police said.

The gun-and-grenade attack took place around 6 p.m. (8 a.m. ET), police said, adding that the suicide bomber may have taken refuge inside the mosque after his vest did not fully explode. The Pakistan military were at the scene.

Taliban splinter group, Jundullah, claimed responsibility. Spokesman Fahad Marwat said it was revenge for an ongoing army operation aimed at driving militants out of their North Waziristan stronghold along the Afghan border.

Factions of the Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for two other attacks on Shi'ites in the past month. Twenty people were killed this month in an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in Peshawar, while 60 were killed in a Jan. 30 attack on a Shi'ite mosque in the southern province of Sindh.

Pakistani police officers stand guard while rescue workers wait for people who were injured from an attack on a Shiite mosque, at a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.Anjum Naveed / AP

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Reuters contributed to this report