Bomb hits Pakistani Shiite procession, kills 5

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 5:34 AM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Shiite Muslim religious holiday has again been shattered by a deadly bombing during a procession in northwest Pakistan.

The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the blast today that killed at least five people and wounded some 90 others in the same general area of an explosion yesterday that killed seven.

At least 30 people have now died in five attacks on Shiites claimed by the Pakistani Taliban over the past five days.

The holiday commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. The schism between Sunni and Shiite Muslims dates back to that time.

The Pakistani Taliban, a Sunni extremist group, frequently attacks Shiites, who they consider heretics.

Ashoura ceremonies are a prime targets, since they draw large crowds that march in processions to mourn the martyred Imam Hussein.

Authorities have deployed thousands of additional police and shut down mobile phone service.

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