The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Pakistan attacks kill 28 as leaders meet for summit


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A suicide bomber struck a night-time Shiite march in Pakistan, in the bloodiest attack of a day of violence that left at least 28 people dead as Islamic leaders gathered for a rare summit in Islamabad.

Police in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near the capital said the attack on the procession of minority Shiite Muslims on Wednesday came when a suicide bomber blew himself up when he was stopped for a security check.

As well as the people killed, rescue service spokesman Mr Waqas Rehman said that another 32 people were wounded including nine children.

Police used lamps and torches to work through the night, bagging evidence at the scene after the Shiite procession as part of observations for Muharram was hit en route to a mosque. The holy month is a magnet for sectarian attacks.