RAWALPINDI: A bomb blast outside a Imam Bargah situated on Kari Road in Rawalpindi killed three people and injured two others.
he explosion took place near Imambargah Qasr-e-Sakina in New Shakrial area, which connects Rawalpindi to Islamabad. The blast was followed by sounds of gunfire.
Initial police reports suggested that a suspected suicide bomber tried to blow himself up when security guards opened fire on the attacker, wounding him.
An eyewitness told Geo News that the attacker wearing a suicide vest tried to enter the imambargah and detonate his explosives. However, he was unable to fully detonate his explosives.
A spokesperson for the PIMS hospital confirmed that two injured had succumbed to their wounds on their way to the hospital, while the injured were being treated.
Some of the wounded were taken to the PIMS hospital in Islamabad while others were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital in Rawalpindi.
Police and army personnel had reached the site and cordoned off the imambargah.