According to eye witnesses, explosion was so powerful as it destroyed the surrounding shops and vehicles at the spot.
The explosion took place near an Imambargah in Chattiya Battiya, a residential neighbourhood of Rawalpindi.
Police said Mehfil-e-Milaad was under way at the Imambargah when the blast took place. More than hundred persons including women and children were present in a Milaad.
The locals started the rescue work and started shifting the injured to District Headquarter Hospital Rawalpindi.
Police later claimed that it was not a suicide attack but the bomb was planted near the place of worship.
Condemnations and Mourning
PTI chief Imran Khan, JI chief Sirajul Haq, PAT chief Tahir-ul-Qadri, MQM chief Altaf Hussain and other political leaders condemned the attack while religious organisations namely “Tahaffuz-e-Azadari Council” and “Sunni Alliance Council” have announced a 3 day mourning over the deadly attack.