Bomb rips through Pakistan market, killing scores

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 1:04 PM

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Police say at least 63 people have been killed and another 180 wounded in a bombing at a vegetable market in southwest Pakistan.

A senior police officer says the bomb was detonated by remote control in a crowded vegetable market in a mostly Shiite neighborhood of Quetta. The blast left many victims buried under rubble, but it's uncertain how many.

Another officer says the bomb was planted in a rickshaw parked in the crowded vegetable market, an d it exploded as dozens of women and children were shopping for the evening meal.

Local residents rushed the victims to three different area hospitals. Many of the wounded are said to be in critical condition.

It was the deadliest incident since bombings in the same city killed 86 people earlier this year and led to a dayslong protest that eventually toppled the local government.

Shiites are a minority in Pakistan, where Sunni Muslims dominate. They have been increasingly targeted for attacks by militant groups who view them as heretics and non-Muslims.

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