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Pakistan mosque blast claimed by ISIS kills 15

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A powerful explosion ripped through a mosque in southwest Pakistan during Friday evening prayers, killing 15 people, officials said.

The suicide bombing ripped through the mosque during Friday evening prayers, killing 13 people at that time and wounding more than 20, police said.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing, which it said targeted an Afghan Taliban seminary.

Last May, a bombing at a mosque in Quetta killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded 28 worshipers.

Although Pakistani militants often carry out such attacks, Baluchistan province is also the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources such as gas and oil.

The province shares a long border with Afghanistan and Iran.