Bomb blast at procession for Shi'ite holiday in Pakistan kills 16, police say

By REUTERS
October 23, 2015 19:03

A bomb blast at a Shi'ite Muslim procession in Pakistan's Sindh province for the Shi'ite holiday of Ashura killed 16 people on Friday and wounded at least 40, a police official said.

The blast was the second to hit the Ashura festivities in two days and came hours after a radical Sunni Muslim group threatened continued sectarian violence during the holiday.

Zafar Iqbal Awan, a local police officer in the district of Jacobabad, told Reuters 16 were dead and 40 wounded in the early evening blast.

"It was a suicide attack as the head and some other body parts of the suicide bomber were found at the site," he said by telephone.


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