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Pakistan mosque attack

Friday, August 09, 2013 - 01:18

Aug.9 - Several killed, dozens wounded as gunmen open fire on a car passing people leaving a mosque in Quetta. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 At least nine people are dead after gunmen opened fire on this car driving past crowds leaving a mosque in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Another 27 were wounded in the attack on the Muslim holy day of Eid. Police say the likely target was a former provincial minister who was inside the vehicle. The motive or identity of the attackers wasn't immediately clear. The politician, Ali Mohammad Jattak, condemned the bloodshed. (SOUNDBITE)(Urdu) FORMER PROVINCIAL MINISTER ALI MOHAMMAD JATTAK SAYING: "They fled after killing innocent people. I was the target. They could have fired at me. They killed innocent worshippers belonging to different communities. This is against humanity. It is brutality on the level of animals." The shootings came a day after a suicide attack in Quetta that killed 30 people at a funeral for a police officer. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that. Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province where several militant groups are active. The United States is warning its nationals not to travel to Pakistan. It's also ordered the evacuation of non-essential staff from its consulate in Lahore because of the threat of attack.

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Pakistan mosque attack

Friday, August 09, 2013 - 01:18