LAHORE, Pakistan — Three bombs ripped through a Shiite
Muslim religious procession in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on
Wednesday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 150 others, officials
The explosions appeared to be the latest in a string of
attacks by Sunni extremists against the minority Shiites they consider
infidels. Allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban, the bombers are also
seeking to destabilize Pakistan's US-backed government.
blasts were the first major attacks since Pakistan was hit by
devastating floods more than a month ago. Lahore, the country's
political capital and home to much of its military elite, has been
regularly targeted by militants over the past two years.
exploded at three separate sites Wednesday evening as 35,000 Shiites
marched through the streets of Lahore in their traditional mourning
procession for the caliph Ali, one of Shiite Islam's most respected holy
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