Pakistani security forces claimed to have thwarted a possible attack on an Imambargah of minority Shias after killing a suspected suicide bomber during Friday prayers in Hyderabad city of Sindh province.
One suspected suicide bomber was gunned down while another managed to escape from the spot, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Rangers said.
He said the two suspected suicide bombers tried to enter the Imambargah, worship place of Shias, during Friday prayers in Latifabad area of the city.
"One of the bomber's hurled a hand grenade at a Rangers vehicle parked near the Imambargah while another tried to enter the premises but was shot dead," the spokesperson said.
A suicide vest with explosives was recovered from the killed militant. Bomb disposal squad defused the explosives.
He said the Rangers were carrying out a house-to-house search for the other suspected bomber who managed to flee in the crowded and congested neighbourhood.
Sectarian attacks on Imambargahs and the minority Shia Muslims are common in Pakistan with radical and outlawed militant groups claiming responsibility for such deadly attacks which have killed hundreds in the last a few years.