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A militant group called Lashkar-e-Jhangvi called one local television station to claim responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan‘s intelligence agencies helped nurture Sunni militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in the 1980s and 1990s to counter a perceived threat from neighboring Iran, which is mostly Shiite. Pakistan banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in 2001, but the group continues to operate fairly freely in their war against Shiites.
Last year was particularly deadly for Shiites in Pakistan. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 400 were killed in targeted attacks across the country. The human rights group said more than 125 were killed in Baluchistan province, most of whom belonged to the Hazara community.
Human rights groups have accused the government of not doing enough to protect Shiites.
By Tom Fitton
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