Bomb hits Pakistani bus full of Shi'ite pilgrims, 22 dead

QUETTA, Pakistan Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:25pm EST

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QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb ripped through a bus full of Shi'ite pilgrims in western Pakistan and killed at least 22 people on Tuesday, police said, extending a spate of sectarian attacks that have shaken the South Asian nation.

The bomb exploded near a bus carrying pilgrims returning from neighboring Iran to their home city of Quetta in Pakistan, officials said. At least 20 people were wounded, said the assistant police commissioner for Mastung district, Shafqat Anwar Shawani, and many of the victims were women and children.

The attack occurred about 55 km (35 miles) southwest of Quetta, the provincial capital.

Sectarian attacks are on the increase in Pakistan, where minority Shi'ites make up about 20 percent of the 180 million people. Human Rights Watch said more than 400 Shi'ites were killed in 2013. They included many professors, doctors and children shot on their way to work or school. The violence is worst in the western province of Baluchistan.

Militant groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi say they are fighting for a Sunni theocracy and Shi'ites should leave the country or be killed.

Many sectarian groups are theoretically banned but their leaders still address rallies and grant interviews.

(Reporting by Gul Yousufzai Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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NoMuslims wrote:
Muslims killing Muslims??? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT???? The world should BE RID of them all anyway! They’re the “BANE” of ALL civilized society!!! F***ing FREAKS! Mohammad (head pig) prophesized that they should ALL blow themselves up, and go to that great BIG pig sty in the sky. Nostradamus was a prophet too, don’t recall him telling whacko Muslims to blow sh** up! The sooner ALL Muslims have been erased from the planet, the world can be a MUCH BETTER place…! DEATH TO MUSLIMS!

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NoMuslims wrote:
Muslims killing Muslims??? WHAT’S WRONG WITH THAT???? The world should BE RID of them all anyway! They’re the “BANE” of ALL civilized society!!! F***ing FREAKS! Mohammad (head pig) prophesized that they should ALL blow themselves up, and go to that great BIG pig sty in the sky. Nostradamus was a prophet too, don’t recall him telling whacko Muslims to blow sh** up! The sooner ALL Muslims have been erased from the planet, the world can be a MUCH BETTER place…! DEATH TO MUSLIMS!

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