The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Bomb attack on Shi'ite parade in Pakistan kills at least 8 people


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A bomb attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession wounded more than 35 people in northwest Pakistan today as Shi'ites marked their holiest day Ashura, police and a doctor said.

The bomb exploded in the city of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where a blast on Saturday killed eight people near a Shi'ite Muslim procession.

"We have received more than 35 injured, the condition of some of them was critical," Khalid Aziz, a doctor in the city's main hospital, told Pakistan's private ARY TV channel.

Nazir Khan, a police official in the city, told AFP by telephone the bomb was planted inside a shop. "It was a remote-controlled bomb and exploded as a procession reached here," he said.