5 killed, 17 injured as blast targets Rawalpindi Imambargah

RAWALPINDI: At least five people were killed and 17 others injured in a blast targeting an Imambargah in Chitian Hatian area of the garrison city on Friday.

Police said that a suicide attacker blew himself up after his attempt to enter the worship place was foiled.

The police said the suicide bomber reached the spot at around 9:20 riding a bike. They said that the bomber parked his bike and tried to enter the Imambargah.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion that took place outside the Imambargah was so intense that windowpanes of nearby buildings were shattered.

They said a Mehfil-e-Milad was being held in the Imambargah when the attack took place.

The injured were taken to the District Heaquaters Hospital where some of them were in critical condition.