Indian Shiite Muslim girls carry a symbolic dead body of Imam Hussein as they take part in Muharram procession in Kolkata, India
6 killed in attack on Pakistan Shiites gathering, 90 injured Police foil major terrorist attack in Karachi

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov 25, (Agencies): A bombing claimed by the Taleban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, police said, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.

Since Wednesday, at least 31 have been killed in bombings aimed at Pakistani Shiites and claimed by the Taleban, who espouse an extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam. Over 100 were wounded in the attacks during the run-up to the holiday, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.
Sunday’s explosion went off as hundreds of Shiites were passing through the main intersection of the city of Dera Ismail Khan, police said, where food and water stalls were set up to serve the crowd. An initial investigation suggested a bomb was planted near a shop along the procession route.
“The bomb contained about eight kilograms of explosives and steel balls, and was detonated with a remote control device,” city police chief Sohail Khalid said.

Several of injured are in serious condition, said Dr Faridullah Mahsud, an official at the city’s hospital, who added that three members of a paramilitary unit providing security for the procession were among the injured. Dr. Khalid Aziz, the top official at the hospital, put the death toll at six.

The Pakistani Taleban frequently attack Shiites, who they consider heretics. Ashoura ceremonies are a prime targets, since they draw large crowds that march in processions to mourn the martyred Imam Hussein. Early in the day, participants beat their chests in grief over Hussein’s killing, while later some cut themselves to express their sorrow in blood.

Qais Abbas, a Shiite survivor, said that one of his relatives was in critical condition, but that he and others were moving the wounded to other hospitals that were better equipped.

“Here we are not getting proper care for them, there are not enough doctors or medicines,” he said.
After the blast, thousands of Shiite mourners staged a sit-in at a nearby intersection, refusing to move unless assured quick and stern action against the perpetrators. The procession has now been attacked for a second consecutive day.

Meanwhile, police in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi said they foiled a major terrorist attack. They said they had killed a Taleban militant in a gun battle and recovered a 100-kilogramme bomb planted in a car.
Police arrested another militant and also found two suicide vests, two AK-47 assault rifles and two pistols in the car.

“Police intercepted the car and killed a militant in an exchange of gunfire,” Aslam Khan, a senior police official, told AFP, adding that the militants planned to use the car to target an Ashura procession.
In December 2009, a suicide bomber killed 43 people in Karachi at a Shiite procession to mark Ashura.
Pakistan has deployed tens of thousands of police and paramilitary forces to try to avert sectarian clashes or attacks on Ashura processions, when Shiites whip themselves to mourn the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) grandson Imam Hussein.

Authorities have ordered heightened security, with services for mobile phones — which are often used to trigger bombs — suspended in major cities.

Shiites, a minority in Sunni-dominated Pakistan, have been marking the holy month of Muharram which culminated Sunday in Ashura.

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