By SALMAN MASOOD, nytimes.com / Published: August 31, 2011.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Deadly Blast Strikes Near Mosque in Southwest Pakistan!
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Firefighters sprayed water onto cars at the site of suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, on Wednesday.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least 10 people were killed in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday when a suspected suicide car bomb exploded in a crowd of Shiite worshippers near a mosque, police officials said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Sunni militants were suspected in the attack, which occurred on a day when Muslims celebrate Id al-Fitr, a holiday at the end of Ramadan. At least 20 people were wounded in the blast, officials said.
The explosion took place in the Murriabad neighborhood of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan Province. Sectarian attacks are frequent in the city.
Shiites are a minority in the country and Sunnis hold a majority. Though both sects generally coexist peacefully, extremist Sunni groups often make religious minorities their targets.
A low-level insurgency by nationalists of the Baluch ethnic group has simmered in the province. Taliban militants have also found a safe haven in the province.