Islamabad: Suspected militants attacked worshipers outside a Shi’ite Muslim mosque, killing at least one person and wounding four others late Wednesday in Islamabad.
Police said four gunmen arrived on motorbikes at the mosque in Islamabad’s I-8 residential sector and opened fire on worshipers as they were coming out after offering evening prayers.
Members of the minority Shi’ite community swiftly took to the streets to protest the violence and denounce the government for failing to protect them. No one claimed responsibility for the violence. Security cameras installed around the mosque captured shots of gunmen spraying bullets with automatic weapons before fleeing the scene.
Militant groups from the majority Sunni Muslim population in Pakistan are blamed for being behind the sectarian violence. The rivalry between the two Muslim sects in the country has claimed thousands of lives over the years.