2 Killed in Pakistan Shi’ite Procession

Posted November 25th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northwestern Pakistan say a bomb blast near a Shi'ite religious procession has killed at least two people.

Authorities say several people were wounded in the explosion Sunday in Dera Ismail Khan, the site of an explosion Saturday that also targeted Shi'ites. Seven people, including three children, were killed in Saturday's blast.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

The bombings come as the minority Shi'ites observe the Muslim holy month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Sunni extremists have targeted Shi'ites in the past during Muharram.

Authorities have tightened security across Pakistan to guard against possible attacks on Shi'ite gatherings during Muharram. Pakistan has temporarily suspended mobile phone service in major cities to prevent bombings, which are often triggered by cell phones