Deadly blast hits Shi'ite religious procession in Pakistan
PESHAWAR (AFP) - The death toll from a bomb blast near a Shi'ite religious procession in northwest Pakistan on Saturday has risen to seven, including four children, officials said.
At least 30 people, including five children, were also wounded when the bomb went off on the route of a minority Shi'ite community procession in the Dera Ismail Khan district, said local hospital chief Aziz Baluch.
The blast took place as Shi'ite Muslims were gathering for a procession marking the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussain in 680, and security was tight across the country to prevent attacks.
"The bomb was planted in a dustbin, the blast was powerful and heard several kilometres away", another police official Siddiq Khan said.