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On Friday, a suicide bomber set off explosives and injured worshippers coming out of a Shiite mosque in northern Pakistan.
The attack took place in the Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which has experienced tension between the Sunni and Shiites in the past.
CNN reported hospital official Dr. Nawab Hussein stating a total of 56 people who have been injured, 16 of which are critically injured. 23 people have also been claimed dead.
“The bomber staged his attack at one of the mosque’s exits leading to a bazaar,” says Hangu police chief Mian Mohammad Saeed who was interviewed by the Associated Press.
Several small shops were damaged by the explosion leaving pockmarks on walls.
Shiite mosques have been targeted frequently in 2012 by radical Sunnis killing 400 people. It has been named the bloodiest year for the minority sect, according to CNN.
The attack came two days after gunmen killed several people in southwestern Pakistan.
No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.