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4 killed in shrine bombing in northwest Pakistan

- Associated Press - Sunday, October 28, 2012

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bomb went off outside the shrine of a Sunni Muslim saint in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least four people, police said.

Mumtaz Khan, a senior police officer, said 23 people also were wounded in the attack at the shrine of Kaka Sahib in the town of Nowshehra. Hundreds of devotees were present there at the time, and the dead and injured had been transported to a hospital.

There was no claim of responsibility, but Pakistani militants such as the Taliban have been blamed for previous such attacks.

The militants follow a strict version of Islam, and they claim that visiting shrines is not allowed.

Nowshehra lies 30 miles east of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. It is also believed to a hiding place for Taliban insurgents, who often target security forces and government officials to force Islamabad to stop backing Washington in the war against terrorism.

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