Pakistan mosque attack kills many

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Suspected Islamic militant guerrillas attacked a mosque near Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing dozens of people.

There were conflicting accounts on the number of casualties, but CNN, citing military officials, initially reported at least 36 dead.

Authorities said the gunmen detonated bombs and opened fire on worshipers who were attending prayers inside the mosque, which is located in the busy Qasim market.

A portion of the building caved in as a result of the attack. Eyewitnesses said some worshipers had been shot dead at close range, with women and children among the victims. According to local reports, as many as seven armed men may have been involved in the massacre.

It is the latest in a series of attacks that have rocked Pakistan since the government launched an offensive against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the tribal regions of South Waziristan.