Pakistan: Attack on mosque kills 14 people, wounds 30, injures hundreds
A group of masked gunmen opened fire on worshippers at a mosque in Pakistan’s northwest on Sunday killing at least 14 people and wounding 30 others, police and witnesses said.
The attack was in the Nowshera region of the North Waziristan tribal region, where Taliban militants have been active since 2010.
The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Pakistani authorities said the attackers were carrying out a protest against the country’s military rule, which they have accused of failing to protect minority rights.
The militant group, which calls for an Islamic caliphate, has a stronghold in the northwestern tribal region.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened in the same area where an attack on a mosque killed at least 16 people and wounded hundreds in July.
It was not immediately clear whether the gunmen were from the Taliban or Islamic State.
In October, gunmen attacked a school in the North-West Frontier Province, killing at the time about 50 people and injuring more than 200.
The militants also carried out a deadly attack in April that killed more than 60 people.
Authorities have vowed to combat the Taliban insurgency, which has killed more people in Pakistan than any other country.
In March, authorities in North Wash said they had arrested a Taliban member who was accused of killing three women and a child during an attack in the tribal region in April.
The group has since claimed responsibility, and militants have carried out numerous attacks on security forces and civilian targets in Pakistan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.