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4 kids killed, 16 injured as blast hits mosque in Pakistan's Karachi

ISLAMABAD, April 28 (Xinhua) -- At least four seminary children were killed and 16 others injured when a bomb went off inside a mosque in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Monday morning, local Urdu TV channel Dunya said.

The explosion happened at about 11:20 a.m. local time when over 30 kids were receiving religious teaching in Jamia Masjid Islamaia Tahiria seminary located inside the mosque in Frontier More area of Karachi, the capital city of the country's south Sindh province.

Revealing initial investigations, police said that it were hand grenades that exploded inside the seminary.

Eyewitnesses said that some unknown militants came on motorbikes, threw hand grenades into the mosque and fled the scene.

The injured people including the seminary owner and 15 kids who have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital where at least five of them are said to be in critical condition.

Hospital sources said that the deceased kids were about seven to 12 years old, while the injured children were between five to 12 years old.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Police cordoned off the area and started investigations.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and directed hospital administration to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured.

This is the third attack in Karachi over the past week. Earlier attacks targeting police and government officials have claimed eight lives and injured over 20 others in the city.

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