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2002-8 – PAKISTAN’S SECTERIAN VIOLENCE

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* Islamabad Church Bombing – On 03/17/2002, an Islamic militant through a grenade, during Sunday services, on a Protestant Church in Islamabad which left at least 5 people dead and about 40 wounded,including at least 10 Americans. An American woman and her 17-year-old daughter were among the dead. Pakistani police arrested 4 Lashkar-e-Jhangvi members for the attack.

* Quetta Hazara Mosque Attack on 07/04/2003, when 3 armed terrorists, including a suspected suicide bomber, attacked a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta. At least 44 persons were killed and 65 others injured in the attack. See – Quetta-Violence

* Rawalpindi Shiite Mosque Bombing – On 02/28/2004 a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite Mosque in Rawalpindi – close to Islamabad. There were no casualties except the bomber but four worshippers sustain injuries.

* Hyderi Mosque Attack On 05/07/2004, a powerful bomb exploded at Hyderi Mosque, situated within the premises of the seminary Sindh Madrasa-tul-Islam, in the Mithadar area of Karachi. At least 15 Shiite worshippers and a suspected suicide bomber are killed and over 200 persons sustain injuries.

* Jinnah Road Mosque Attack – On -5/31/2004, a day after Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, was assassinated, At least 24 worshippers are killed and 34 others sustain injuries when a high-intensity bomb explodes during the evening prayers at a Shiaa mosque situated on the MA Jinnah Road in Karachi.

* Binoria Mosque Bombing – On 08/08/2004, at least 10 people, including a three-year-old boy, are killed and 50 others sustain injuries in two bomb explosions near the Binoria mosque and seminary in Karachi.

* Silakot Mosque Bombing – On 10/01/2004, at least 31 people are killed and 75 others sustain injuries in a suspected suicide bombing at a Shiaa mosque at Sialkot in the Punjab province during the Friday prayers.

* Multan double Bombings – On 10/07/2004, a rally of about 3,000 Maulana Azam Tariq supporters, who gathered to commemorate the first annual of his assassination, was attacked by tow remote controlled bombs. 39 people were killed in the bombings, which Pakistani authorities believed, was a Shiite revenge for the Silakot Mosque Bombing six days earlier.  

* Mochi Gate Mosque Bombing – On 10/10/2004, 5 people were killed and 6 others injured as a suicide bomber blows himself up at a Shiaa Mosque in the Mochi Gate area of Lahore.

* Fatehpur Bombing – On 03/20/2005 about 30 worshipers were killed when a bomb exploder in a Shiaa shrine in Fatehpur, about 300 km South of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan. Recent clashes in the nearby area of Dera Bugti between Pakistani forces and Baloch tribesmen left more than 20 people dead, according to local authorities.

* Bari Imam Shrine Bombing – On 05/27/2005, at least 25 people, including a suspected suicide bomber, are killed and approximately 100 others sustain injuries during a powerful explosion at the Bari Imam shrine of the Shiaa sect located in vicinity of the diplomatic enclave in capital Islamabad.

* Gulshan-e-Iqbal attack – On 05/30/2005, 6 people, including two of the three assailants, among them a suicide bomber, were killed and 19 persons sustained injuries during an explosion in the courtyard of a Shiaa mosque at Gulshan-e-Iqbal in Karachi.

* Hangu Rally Bombing and Shooting On 02/09/2006 a suicide bomber blew himself up, in a Shiite procession in the North Western Pakistani city of Hangu. 29 people were killed in the blast. In the evening unidentified men opened fire on a bus full with Shiite celebrators and killed another 4 people. 

* Baluchistan Mine explosion – On 03/10/2006 a bus full with Shiite celebrators went on a road mine in a remote area near the border with Iran, in Baluchistan, Pakistan. 26 people were killed in the blast. No organization took responsibility on the event. Few days earlier the Pakistani authorities in the region stopped all the movements along the Iranian border because of growing attacks by radical Sunnis on Shiites in the region. 

* Allama Hassan Turabi Assassination The prominent Shiaa cleric Allama Hassan Turabi has been killed in a suicide bombing in Karachi, on Friday 07/14/2006. One of his relatives was also killed in the attack.

* Qasim Ali Khan Mosque Bombing – On 01/27/2007, 15 people, including 6 police officials, were killed and 60 others injured in a suicide attack targeting a Muharram procession near Qasim Ali Khan Mosque in the Dilgaran area of Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar, capital of NWFP.

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