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Pakistan suicide bombing near mosque in Balochistan kills dozens gathering for religious procession


Quetta, Pakistan – A suicide bomb blast struck a religious procession Friday in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, killing more than 50 people and leaving scores more injured according to the Reuters news agency, which cited local police and health officials.

“The bomber detonated himself near the vehicle of the Deputy Superintendent of Police,” Reuters quoted Deputy Inspector General of Police Munir Ahmed as saying. He said the explosion happened near a mosque as people gathered for a procession to mark the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, which is a public holiday in Pakistan.

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In this photo provided by the District Police Office, a boy injured in a bomb explosion receives treatment at a hospital in Mastung, near Quetta, Pakistan, Sept. 29, 2023.

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No group claimed immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, and Tehrik-e Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella group of Sunni Islamic extremist groups, denied any role.

Reuters quoted Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti as calling the blast a “very heinous act.”

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