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At Least 10 Killed In Pakistan Mosque Bombing


At least ten people -- including six children -- have been killed and several others wounded in a suicide bomb attack at a Shi'ite mosque in southwest Pakistan.

Officials said the bombing on October 22 took place in the district of Sibi, about 200 kilometers southwest of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan Province.

Provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the suicide attacker entered the mosque as Shi'ites were holding a gathering ahead of the Ashura, which commemorates the killing in the year 680 of the Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Six children were among those killed, Bugti said. The male suicide bomber was wearing a woman's head-to-toe burqa dress to deceive guards, he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's army said on October 22 that air strikes overnight killed 21 "terrorists" in the villages of Tirah and Rajgal in the Khyber region.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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