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Renowned religious scholar and head of Jamia Naeemia Lahore Dr Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi among four others were martyred in a suicide attack at a seminary here Friday, report said. The blast that apparently was a suicide attack occurred following the Jumma prayer in Jamia Naeemia situated at Garhi Shahu area of the metropolis. According to preliminary reports, the blast was occurred in the office of Dr Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi, the principle of one of the largest religious seminary of the city. Naeemi was present in his office at the time of the blast, says an eyewitness. An eyewitness told media that a suicide bomber, 18 to 20, blew himself up inside the office of Dr Naeemi when he arrived after leading Jumma prayer in the seminary’s mosque, of which he was the head. Dr Naeemi was severely injured in the incident and was brought to Mayo Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries. Principle of Jamia Naeemia, Dr Khalil was also among the deceased, it was reported.

Nowshera mosque blast

At least seven people have been killed in a suicide attack at a mosque in cantonment area of the city, report said here on Friday. The incident occurred in Jamia Masjid Supply Depot where near 100 devotees were present to offer Jumma prayer when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the mosque. The explosion resulted in a big crater at the site, says the news report. Paramedics and police personnel arrived at the scene soon after the incident and rushed the injured to the hospitals.

NOWSHERA: An explosives laden vehicle has hit a mosque in Nowshera district, killing six people and injuring 90, according to DawnNews reports.

The mosque was near an army supply depot in the Nowshera, roughly 100 kilometres from Islamabad, and according to AP, the explosion occurred soon after Friday prayers. Police chief Abdullah Khan says that casualties are feared and says some of the victims may have died on their way to hospital.

According to AFP, the roof of the mosque collapsed following the attack, and people are trapped under the rubble. Police official Imran Kishwar adds, ‘we have started rescue work on site, we are facing difficulties as people are trapped under the debris of the roof’. Several vehicles parked in front of the mosque were also damaged.

The injured have been shifted to the nearby Cantonment Hospital as well as the GHQ Hospital Peshawar. Dr. Sabz Ali, a doctor at Nowshera’s main hosptial tells AFP that 90 injuries have come into the hospital. He adds that ‘we have declared an emergency in the hospital, some of the injured are serious and we urgently need blood for them.’

Security was reported to be very tight in the are, following earlier attacks in the province, with vehicles in the area being strictly screened, according to reports. According to reports, police had arrested a top Taliban commander, Qari Khursheed, and his accomplices from Nowshera on Thursday. Reports also say that Qari Khursheed has confessed to his involvement in various terrorist activities.

LAHORE: Prominent anti-Taliban cleric Dr Sarfraz Naeemi was among four killed and 10 injured in a suicide blast inside a mosque in Lahore on Friday.

The blast occurred right after the Friday prayers finished at the Jamia Naeemia mosque. An unconfirmed number of suicide bombers entered the office of anti-Taliban cleric Dr Sarfraz Naeemi and detonated explosives, killing Dr Naeemi and three others.

According to official figures, 10 other people were also injured in the attack, which is reported to be of ‘medium intensity’ by the Bomb Disposal Squad team present at the site of the attack.

The Jamia Naeemia mosque and madressah is located in the densely populated Garhi Shahu area of old Lahore.

The office was located 15 yards outside the mosque and was taken down as a result of the blast.

The injured have been shifted to Mayo Hospital and Combined Military Hospital and emergency has been declared in all major hospitals of the city.

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