Bomb attack near Shiite mosque kills 1 in southern Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) " Pakistani police say attackers have thrown a hand grenade near a Shiite mosque in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing a 13-year-old boy and wounding 12 other people.

Karachi police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said Monday the attackers escaped on a motorcycle after throwing the hand grenade near the mosque where a congregation was in progress. Jokhio said four women and three children were among the wounded. They had been heading to the main gate of the mosque, located in a densely populated area of central Karachi.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the banned organization Lashker-e-Jhangvi has claimed most past attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.

Shiites are currently commemorating the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad during Islamic month of Muharram.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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