Pakistan Taleban claim blast near Shi'ite procession
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) - The Pakistani Taleban on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb blast near a Shi'ite Muslim procession in north-west Pakistan that killed seven people.
"We carried out the attack against the Shi'ite community," spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location after the explosion on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He said the Taleban had dispatched more than 20 suicide bombers across the country for attacks against the minority community.
"We have 20 to 25 fidayeen (suicide bombers) in the country to launch bomb blasts and suicide attacks," Ehsan said. "The government can make whatever security arrangements it wants but it cannot stop our attacks."