At least six killed in attack on Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan

A Pakistani police officer and local residents gather next to a damage motorcycle at the site of a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP)

At least six people were killed and 17 wounded by a suicide bomber outside a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Friday, police said.

The attack took place after a large number of people had gathered in the mosque for a religious event.

"The suicide bomber wanted to enter the (mosque), but blew up at the entrance. He had come on a motorcycle. He went up to the entrance after parking his motorcycle," a wounded security guard told Dawn News television from his hospital bed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Pakistan has been on high alert for attacks since a Dec. 16 massacre at a school in the city of Peshawar in which at least 145 people, mainly children, were killed.

Shi'ite Muslims make up about a fifth of Pakistan's population of around 180 million. More than 800 Shi'ites have been killed in attacks since the beginning of 2012, according to Human Rights Watch.

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