9 killed, 22 injured in firing in SW Pakistan
The death toll in the firing incident near a mosque in Pakistan's southwest provincial capital of Quetta on Friday rose to nine as five of the wounded succumbed to their injuries, local media and official said.
Local media quoted hospital sources as saying that the death toll rose to nine after five of the injured died during treatment, adding that at least 22 injured were still in the hospital.
Hospital sources said that the death toll may further rise as at least three injured were still in critical condition who had been shifted to the intensive care unit.
Superintendent of Police Saryaab Bashir said that the incident took place at around 7:20 a.m. local time on Friday morning when some unknown gunmen sprayed bullets at people when they were coming out of a mosque after offering Eid prayer in the Satellite Town of Quetta.
Security forces, police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the bodies and injured to the hospital.
Local media said that the incident was the result of personal enmity and the main target of the assailants was former provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak who remained unhurt in the attack but there was no official confirmation of it yet.
Police officer Bashir 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.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At the time of the attack, the city was on high alert as the Pakistani people are busy in celebrating their Eid festival.
Security forces and police have launched a search operation in adjoining areas to arrest the hiding culprits.
Local media quoted some sources as saying that the Security Forces had arrested four people allegedly involved in the incident and also confiscated automatic weapons that were used in the firing.
In another incident, at least two people were killed and two others injured when some assailants opened fire at people when they were busy in offering Eid prayer in the northwestern district of Hangu.