QUETTA, Pakistan — Suicide bombings targeting religious minorities killed at least 43 people in Pakistan on Friday, driving up the toll of sectarian assaults in a country already battered by massive flooding.
The blast killed at least 43 people in the southwestern city of Quetta at a Shi'ite procession calling for solidarity with Palestinians, Police Chief Ghulam Shabir Sheikh said. Police said dozens were wounded and some were in critical condition.
Some Shi'ite youths fired in the air after the blast, and Qazi Abdul Wahid, a senior police official, said officers were trying to control the situation.
Shi'ite leader Allama Abbas Kumaili appealed to participants to remain peaceful.
"We understand these are attempts to bring Sunni and Shi'ite sects against each other," he said.