Deadly attack on Pakistan Shi'ite gathering

Hardline groups have threatened more attacks as the Shi'ite morning month of Muharram comes to a climax on Sunday.

Deadly attack on Pakistan Shi'ite gathering

World Bulletin / News Desk

A bomb killed at least five people and wounded about 70 near a Shi'ite procession in Pakistan on Sunday, police said.

Television footage showed the wounded being carried away in the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan, where a bomb targeting Shi'ites killed at least seven people, including four children, on Saturday.

The bomb, planted in a shop beside a street market, also wounded five security officials, said senior police official Malik Mushtaq.

A doctor at a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan said five people were killed and 70 wounded. "There is a lack of ambulances and not enough hospital beds," he said. "People brought many of the injured to the hospital on rickshaws."

Hardline groups have threatened more attacks as the Shi'ite morning month of Muharram comes to a climax on Sunday.

Shi'ites account for up to 20 percent of this nation of 180 million.

"If I were to compare with last year, the fear has definitely increased," said Sadia Fatema, 28. "Just last night me and my mother were asking my father and brother if they really had to go to the procession. We are worried."

Others say the pressure has made Shi'ites stand up to hardliners.

"There is fear, but there is also anger and defiance among Shi'ites," said one, who asked not to be named.

"Shi'ites never felt like a minority in Pakistan but now they are slowly being turned into a real minority. And Shi'ites will not let this happen."

Last Mod: 25 Kasım 2012, 10:58
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