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At Least Five Dead In New Attack Targeting Shi'ites

At least five people have been killed in a blast targeting a Shi’ite Muslim religious procession in northwestern Pakistan.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, confirmed another 17 were injured in the blast on November 25 in Dera Ismail Khan.

It came a day after at least seven people were killed in the same city on November 24 in a bomb blast near a Shi’ite gathering.

Members of Pakistan’s minority Shi’ite community have been marking the death anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Imam Hussain in 680, as part of the holy mourning month of Muharram.

In a bid to prevent attacks targeting Shi’ites by hard-line majority Sunnis, Pakistani authorities on November 23 suspended mobile phone services in many cities and towns.

Mobile phones can be used to trigger bomb blasts.
With reporting by Reuters

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