Monday, December 28, 2009

Suicide Bomber Hits Pakistani Shi'ites in Karachi, Killing 20

Pakistani officials say a suicide bomber has struck a Shi'ite Muslim religious procession in the southern city of Karachi, killing 20 people and wounding dozens of others.

Officials say the bomber blew himself up Monday while walking in a procession of Shi'ites observing the holy festival of Ashura in Pakistan's commercial capital.

The Karachi bombing is the second major attack on Shi'ite Muslims, a minority in Pakistan, in as many days. A suicide bomber struck a Shi'ite mosque in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 80.

Authorities tightened security across the country in the run-up to the Ashura festival, which often has coincided with an upsurge in sectarian attacks.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army says troops have killed some 15 militants in the ongoing offensive against the Taliban in the South Waziristan tribal region.

A military statement says the militants were killed when they tried to raid a security checkpoint. Two soldiers were reported killed.

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