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22 Shiite pilgrims killed near Pak-Iran border

22 Shiite pilgrims killed near Pak-Iran border

Jan 22, 2014 - 00:09

ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): A powerful explosion killed at least 22 Shiite pilgrims on a bus and injured another 32 in Pakistaninfo-icon’s southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday, officials said.

Escorted by security vehicles, the bus was coming from the Pakistan-Iran border at Taftan when it came under attack in Dringhar area of the militancy-plagued Mastung town, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta.

The bus caught fire after the blast that occurred on the main Quetta-Taftan Highway, Shafqat Anwar, a government official in Mastung, said. He said the injured included 24 men and eight womeninfo-icon

Balochistan Home Secretary Asadur Rehman Gilani said investigators believed around 80 kilograms of explosives were used, but it remained unclear whether it was a suicide attack.

Banned militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the bombing.



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