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Pakistan: Blast in Dera Ismail Khan kills six Shi'as


PESHAWAR, (Dawn): A roadside bomb exploded near a Shia religious procession in Dera Ismail Khan district on Saturday killing six people and wounding more than fifteen others.

AFP quoted a police official as saying: “The bomb was planted in a dustbin, the blast was powerful and heard several kilometres away.”

According to the’s correspondent, a bomb-disposal squad personnel said that eight-to-ten kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.

The injured were shifted to the district hospital, where the MS Dr Khalid Baloch had confirmed the death toll.

President Asif Ali Zardari and other political leaders have condemned the blast.

Security forces were on high alert over fears of large-scale attacks on the minority sect across the country.

Intelligence information indicates more attacks have been planned for the coming days in the capital city of Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta.

In Karachi, more than 5,000 police are expected to patrol the streets during Muharram events over the next two days, with hundreds more on alert.

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