A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 35 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
The blast was the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in months and comes as Pakistan is already struggling to contain a surging militancy following the horrific Peshawar school attack that killed 150 people in December.
The deputy inspector general for Shikarpur district where the blast occurred, Sain Rakhio Mirani says the explosion went off as worshippers were gathering for midday prayers on Friday.
The bodies of 31 people were brought to Shikarpur hospital, said Sain Rakhio Mirani, the deputy inspector general for Shikarpur district where the blast occurred. He said another four people died on the way to a hospital in the nearby city of Sukkur.