Militants involved in Pakistan`s Quetta mosque attack arrested

The police have arrested eight militants who allegedly shot dead 10 people besides leaving 26 others injured outside a mosque in Pakistan`s Quetta on Friday morning.

Updated: Aug 09, 2013, 16:38 PM IST

The police have arrested eight militants who allegedly shot dead 10 people besides leaving 26 others injured outside a mosque in Pakistan``s southwestern provincial capital of Quetta on Friday morning, local media and officials said.

Superintendent of Police Saryaab Bashir said the incident took place at around 7.20 a.m. when some gunmen started spraying bullets at people as they were coming out of a mosque after offering Eid prayer in Satellite Town of Quetta, reported Xinhua.
He also said that soon after the attack, police, security forces and personnel of intelligence agencies sealed the whole area and launched a search operation.

"It was rapid action by law enforcement agencies and security forces, we got information about a hideout on the outskirts, the forces raided it and finally arrested the culprits after the fire exchange," said Bashir.

Security forces, police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the injured to the hospital where nine of them succumbed to their injuries during treatment.

Police also found a uniform of security forces from the militants`` hideout and said they were investigating on this line but did not reveal whether the militants belong to any of terrorist organisation or not.

Bashir said that the assailants wanted to target former provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak who remained unhurt in the attack.

The police chief said that around eight terrorists opened fire at people from two different sides and they ran away after the attack while Jattak claimed that around 16 people took part in the attack.

Rescue officials said that four people died on spot while six others succumbed to their injuries in hospital during treatment.

At the time of the attack the city was on high alert as the Pakistani people were busy in celebrating their religious festival of Eid.

In another incident, at least two people were killed and two others injured when some assailants opened fire at people who were busy offering Eid prayer in the northwestern district of Hangu.

Inputs from ANI/IANS

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