18 injured in attack on Shia procession in Pak

Eighteen people were injured when suspected militants attacked a Shia procession with a grenade in Pak`s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Peshawar: Eighteen people were injured
when suspected militants attacked a Shia procession with a
grenade in Pakistan`s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
today, an official said.

People at the rear of the procession were injured by
the blast in Chowk Yadgar area of Peshawar, District
Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmed Khan said.

"It was a low intensity blast and the situation is
under control," Khan said.

The injured included four women and a child.
Officials describe the condition of three of the
injured as critical.

A witness said the grenade was thrown from a mosque.
Police apprehend two suspects from the site of the
blast.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack was carried out despite strict security
arrangements put in place in Peshawar and other parts of
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to prevent violence during the
ninth and tenth days of the Islamic holy month of Muharram.

Other Shia processions in Peshawar went off without
incident.

Most parts of the city and the cantonment were sealed.
Security forces used helicopters to conduct surveillance of
the processions and thousands of policemen and paramilitary
personnel were deployed to provide security cover.

PTI

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