The brother of the Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada was among four people killed in a blast on Friday at a mosque in southwest Pakistan, according to two Taliban sources quoted in a report by Reuters.
Hafiz Ahmadullah was the younger brother of the Taliban leader, one of the sources said as quoted by Reuters.
According to Pakistan Today, more than 20 people have been wounded in the blast, which took place after Friday prayers. They have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.
The imam of the mosque connected to the seminary, located 25km from the city of Quetta, was killed in the explosion, police said as quoted by Pakistan Today.
“The blast was carried out through a timed device that was planted under the wooden chair of the prayer leader,” said Quetta police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema, as quoted by Pakistan Today.
The report says that no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
“The death toll could increase as some of the victims were seriously injured,” said another police official, Shafqat Janjua, quoted by Pakistan Today.
The report says that this is the fourth explosion that has taken place in Quetta over the past four weeks. On July 23, at least three people were killed and 18 were injured in a bomb attack in Quetta’s Eastern Bypass area.
On July 30, another attack took place near a police station in which five people were killed and 30 others were injured. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for that blast, the report says.
According to Pakistan Today, Last week, an explosion in Quetta’s Mission Road area killed one person and injured 10 others.