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At Least Three Killed In Explosion At Pakistani Shrine

A bomb hidden on a donkey cart exploded at a Sufi shrine in Peshawar, killing at least three people and wounding more than 20 others.

The bomb went off at the Panj Pir shrine on the outskirts of the city.

Worshippers had gathered at the site as they traditionally do on Thursday evenings.

Local police representative Asif Iqbal said a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were among the dead.

Reports said 11 of the 23 people wounded were also children.

The shrine marks the site where several Sufi saints are buried.

Taliban militants are known to be active in the area and their purist form of Islam rejects worship of saints and shrines.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa
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by: William from: Aragon
June 21, 2012 23:09
Your correspondent leads the reader to believe that "Taliban militants" were behind this atrocity, without further elaboration. RFERL ought to highlight to its readers that there is little connection between Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban movement led by Mullah Omar. Additionally, it is an umbrella organisation for a number of militant Islamist groups, each with different philosophies and agendas.

Perhaps some of our readers in Pakistan could comment further on what is happening on the ground in Peshawar, which specific group might be involved, and the reasons why. Sufism has existed in this region for a very long time - why is it an issue now?

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