February 09, 2006

Bomb hits Shiites / Attentat-suicide

I don't know how many died (8 or 22??). The news didnt get to me yet... let's see what the local news paper says...

Je ne sais pas combien de morts (8 ou 22?). La nouvelle n'est pas encore arrivee chez moi... la suite dans le journal local de demain matin.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim procession Thursday in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight people, injuring dozens and sparking riots, officials said.

The explosion targeted hundreds of people after they emerged from a Shiite mosque in the town of Hangu, said a senior Interior Ministry official, who asked not to be named because he's not authorized to speak to the media. The Shiites were observing Ashura, the most revered religious holiday in their faith.

It wasn't clear if the bomb was detonated by a timer or a suicide attacker.
At least eight people were killed and dozens injured, said a senior intelligence official who also spoke anonymously because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The Shiites responded by burning shops and cars while clashing with police in the town, located about 125 miles southwest of the capital, Islamabad, the Interior Ministry official said.
"The situation is very grave there. People are fighting. Police are trying to control them. Our priority is to get the injured to hospital, but angry and emotional processionists are attacking police vehicles and even ambulances," the official said.

Security was tight for the holiday because it has been marred by violence in recent years. Sunni Muslims -- the majority in Pakistan -- have been blamed for attacking the Shiites during the event, which involves religious processions across the country.

Ashoura marks the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Hussein's death led to a rivalry between Shiites and Sunnis over who should succeed the prophet.
Source: CNN
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Au moins 22 personnes ont été tuées et une quarantaine d'autres blessées jeudi lors d'un attentat-suicide contre une procession chiite au Pakistan.

L'explosion s'est produite alors qu'un millier de chiites s'apprêtaient à écouter des discours de leurs leaders.

Des émeutes ont suivi l'attentat. Des chiites en colère ont incendié des magasins et des voitures. L'armée a dû être dépêchée pour rétablir l'ordre.

Des responsables locaux ont attribué l'attentat à des extrémistes sunnites qui s'attaquent régulièrement à des cérémonies chiites.
Source: Canoe.ca

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Saur♥Kraut said...

Well, nothing like a good melee to settle the question... :P Glad you're OK.

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