The body of moderate cleric Sarfraz Naeemi is escorted out of a Lahore hospital by his brother Tajwar Naeemi (R) and other family members June 12, 2009. Sarfraz Naeemi and three others were killed on Friday in a suicide bomb attack in the city of Lahore, police said.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
ISLAMABAD, June 12 (Xinhua) -- A blast occurred in Lahore, capital city of the eastern Punjab province on Friday and four persons were killed, the private DAWN NEWS TV channel reported.
The blast took place inside the Jamia Naeemia Mosque in Lahore and four persons including chief of the mosque who was also a senior anti-Taliban religious leader named Sarfaraz Naeemi were killed.
Ten others were injured and shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A suicide bomber entered the office of Sarfaraz Naeemi who was there with some students and aides. The bomber blew himself up, resulting in casualties and damaging the office.
Sarfaraz Naeemi had earlier issued statements against the Taliban, saying the Taliban had become terrorists and suicide bombing was forbidden in Islam.
He received life threats after giving the statements.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but local press reports said it was probably a backlash of the Taliban.
Security forces launched a large-scale operation against Taliban militants in some parts of North West Frontier Province late April. More than 1400 militants have been killed in the military operation which is still going on.
Blast kills 6, injures 90 in NW Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, June 12 (Xinhua) -- A blast went off in northwestern Pakistan's Nowshera city on Friday and at least six persons were killed, the private TV channel DAWN NEWS reported.
A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into an army supply depot mosque, killing six people and injuring 90 others, according to the DAWN NEWS.