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Pakistani PM sacks Baluchistan government over massive bombing

Published on Jan 14, 2013 1:18 PM
Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans during a protest against the killing of their community members by gunmen in Quetta on Nov 10, 2012. Gunmen shot dead three Shiite Muslims and wounded three others on Nov 10 in a fresh sectarian attack in Pakistan's troubled south-western province of Baluchistan, police said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

QUETTA (AFP) - Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf sacked the provincial government in Baluchistan on Monday after meeting Shiite Muslim protesters demanding protection after a massive bomb attack.

Members of the minority community have refused to bury those killed on Thursday in Pakistan's worst sectarian bombings when suicide attackers killed 92 people at a crowded snooker hall in the provincial capital Quetta.

More than 120 were wounded in the attacks claimed by Sunni Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in an area dominated by Shiites from the Hazara ethnic minority.

Shiite leaders said protesters would not call off their sit-in and bury their dead until they see official notification about steps announced by Mr Ashraf after day break. Local TV stations showed footage of them still protesting.

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