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At least 20 killed in explosion at #Pakistan Shi'ite mosque

At least 20 killed in explosion at #Pakistan Shi'ite mosque

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shi'ite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country’s deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years. The blast hit the mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province, around 470km north of Karachi, as hundreds of worshippers attended Friday prayers. Pakistan has suffered a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years, most of it perpetrated by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against minority Shi'ite Muslims, who make up around one in five of the population. Sindh health minister Jam Mehtab Daher told AFP that “the death toll from the attack has increased to 61”. “There are 54 dead bodies in Shikarpur hospital. Seven others died in Sukkur and Larkana hospitals,” he said. Shaukat Ali Memon, the medical superintendent of Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, earlier gave a death toll of 48. Hundreds ...

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