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Pakistan Blames India For Suicide Attack

Pakistan Interior minister Sarfaraz Bugti in Balochistan's capital, Quetta has claimed that India's RAW was involved in the suicide attacks in the country.

ISIS claims responsibility for Pakistan blast.(File photo-Representational image)
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Pakistan has alleged involvement of India's intelligence agency in two suicide blasts in the country on Friday which lead to the death of nearly 65 people. 

The explosion took place near a mosque in Balochistan's Mastung district after a bomber detonated his explosives near a police vehicle where people were gathering for a procession to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.

Hours later, another explosion took place at a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu city that killed at least 5 people.

The reports said Pakistan’s Interior minister Sarfaraz Bugti in Balochistan's capital, Quetta, claimed that India's Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) was involved in the suicide attack.

"Civil, military and all other institutions will jointly strike against the elements involved in the Mastung suicide bombing. RAW is involved in the suicide attack,” he was quoted as having said.

Earlier, Pakistan Police filed a report to launch an investigation, saying they had sent DNA from the suicide bomb attacker to be analysed.

A total of 60 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured in a grisly suicide blast in Balochistan near the Madina Masjid at a place called Mastung.

In the second bomb attack that took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu, targeting a police station’s mosque, five people were killed, and 12 others were injured as the mosque’s roof collapsed in the explosion’s impact.

On Saturday, the Dawn quoted a statement from the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) that said an FIR with murder charges and terrorism offences has been filed against an unidentified attacker.

The CTD said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and no arrests have been made so far.

No group has claimed responsibility for either attack. 

There has been surge in terror attacks in Pakistan's western provinces. The terror attacks have casted a dark shadow on campaigning in the run-up to January's general elections.

The Pakistani Taliban (TTP), responsible for some of the bloodiest attacks in Pakistan since the group's formation in 2007, denied responsibility for Friday's blasts.

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