Bomb in Pakistan kills at least five Shiites and wounded dozens

Bomb in Pakistan kills at least five Shiites and wounded dozens

Dera Īsmāil Khān : Pakistan | Nov 25, 2012 at 4:24 AM PST
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Bomb  kills at least five Shiites in Dera Ismail Khan

At least five people were killed and wounded 90 others when a bomb planted inside a bicycle repair shop exploded , in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, November 25, local police said.

It was the second bombing in the same area of Saturday's explosion that killed seven people including three children, during a Shiite religious procession , the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast

Police official Javed Khan says the explosion occurred near a Shiite Muslim procession in Dera Ismail Khan, where Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority run up to a religious holiday called "Ashoura holiday" which commemorates the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson " Al Hussein " in the seventh century. The splitting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims dates back to the martyred Imam Hussein.

Dera Ismail Khan is a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban, a Sunni extremist group, frequently attacks Shiites religious procession during Ashoura ceremonies who see Shia as heretics or as non-believers while the government is trying to stop sectarian violence in the country.

The Authorities have taken many security procedures as Sunni militants warn of further attacks so they deployed thousands of police officials across the country also Pakistan shut down Mobile phone coverage across 46 cities during Ashoura to prevent such bombings, which officials say the suspension is essential because often use Mobile phones as remote detonators..




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Bomb kills at least five Shiites in Dera Ismail Khan
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