Second in 2 days, bombing at Shia procession kills 6 in Pak

At least six persons were killed and nearly 90 others injured on Sunday when the Pakistani Taliban targeted a Shia procession with a bomb at Dera Ismail Khan in the restive northwest, on Ashura, the holiest day for the minority community. The attack was the second to strike the city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in as many days.

The bomb, planted in a shop in Chogla area of Dera Ismail Khan, was triggered by remote-control as a procession was passing by. A security personnel was among the six persons killed in the attack, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said. Four security personnel, women and children were among the injured.

On Saturday, eight persons were killed when another Shia procession was targeted with a roadside bomb in Dera Ismail Khan.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for both bombings in the city as well as a suicide attack in Rawalpindi that killed 23 people and injured over 60 on Wednesday.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told the media that his outfit had carried out Sunday's attack. He claimed a suicide bomber was in the procession in Dera Ismail Khan though officials insisted that the attack was carried out with a bomb.

Ihsan said the Taliban would succeed in striking their targets despite all security arrangements made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

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