A powerful blast rattled an imambargah in a densely populated area of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing at least four people and injuring several others.
The blast took place outside Imambargah Aun Mohammad Rizvi in Chatian Hatian area of Rawalpindi, also damaging the building. An Eid Milaun Nabi (PBUH) congregation was being observed at the imambargah at the time of the blast.
Eyewitnesses said that the blast took place when a suspected suicide-bomber tried to enter the imambargah but was stopped at the entrance.
At least four bodies had been brought to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ), where an emergency had been imposed, hospital sources said.
Several people were also injured in the explosion, with rescue workers saying the number of casualties was expected to rise.
Two policemen, who were posted on security duty outside the Imambargah, were also among the injured.
Strongly condemning the terrorist attack, Majis Wahdatul Maslimeen (MWM) leader Allama Nasir Abbas said that there was a need to carry out military operations against the terrorists throughout the country.
He urged the military leadership to expand the scope of ongoing military offensives in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
Security has been put on a high alert in Rawalpindi and Islamabad following the attack at the imambargah.
Criticising the government, he said law enforcement forces have failed to protect lives and properties of common citizens.
– This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in