20 killed in Pakistan mosque bombing (Second Lead)

April 5th, 2009 - 3:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, April 5 (DPA) At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured as an explosion ripped through a Shiite mosque Sunday in Pakistan’s Punjab province, a police official said.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the main entrance of the mosque in Chakwal district when the security guards challenged him.

“It was a suicide bombing. At least 20 people are killed and the number could be as high as 35,” a district police officer told Express television. Dozens more people were injured.

More than 1,500 Shiite Muslims were assembled in the mosque when the suicide bomber struck, police said.

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