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19 Shi'ites killed in south-west Pakistan attack

Published on Dec 30, 2012 2:26 PM
Paramedics inspect the bodies of Shia Muslim pilgrims killed by a car bomb in Quetta on Sunday. The car bomb exploded near a convoy of buses taking Pakistani Shia pilgrims to Iran, the latest attack on the minority sect. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA, Pakistan (AFP) - A car bomb attack on a bus in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest killed at least three Shi'ite pilgrims and wounded some others on Sunday, officials said.

The remotely-triggered bomb hit a convoy of three buses in Mastung district, some 30 kilometres south of Quetta in Baluchistan province.

"One bus was badly damaged. Three Shi'ite pilgrims were killed and 25 wounded and the death toll may rise," Mr Akbar Hussain Durrani, a senior government official in Quetta, told AFP.

He said some 180 Shi'ite pilgrims were on their way to Iran when the bomb ripped through one of the buses.

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