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Updated: December 28, 2009 18:37 IST

Officials: Suicide bombing in Karachi kills 10

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A vehicle is on fire after a bomb blast struck a Shiite Muslim procession in Karachi on Monday. Photo: AP.
A vehicle is on fire after a bomb blast struck a Shiite Muslim procession in Karachi on Monday. Photo: AP.

Officials say a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite Muslim procession in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi has killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, said the bomber detonated his explosives at the start of Monday’s procession. Mohammad Irfan, an official at the city’s Civil Hospital, said 10 people had been killed.

Security has been tightened across Pakistan for Ashura, which is the 10th day of the holy month of Muharram, a month of mourning commemorating the seventh-century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.

Muharram has often been marred by bombings and fighting between Pakistan’s Sunni Muslim majority and its Shiite minority. Some parts of the Muslim world celebrated Ashura on Sunday.

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