Suicide attack on Pakistani Shi'ites kills 33

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December 29, 2009 08:18

 
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The death toll from an overnight suicide attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession in Pakistan's biggest city rose Tuesday to 33, in violence blamed on extremists trying to hamper the fight against militants by sparking a sectarian war. Angered over Monday's attack, Shi'ites set fire to buildings and dozens of vehicles in Karachi, a sign of frustration by the minority sect, which has suffered frequent attacks by Sunni extremist groups who regard them as heretical. TV footage showed firefighters struggling to extinguish blazes Tuesday. Sagheer Ahmed, the provincial health minister, said the death toll from the attack had risen to 33. Pakistani television stations said that three people who were hospitalized died overnight of their injuries.

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