Pakistan’s Shiite members were frantically sifting through rubble on Monday, searching for the bodies of the 45 friends and family members who were killed in a car bomb blast following evening prayer services.
Another 146 were injured by the blast — many of them seriously, said one Pakistani doctor in a report by The Associated Press. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but past similar bombings have been conducted by members of the majority Sunni sect who do not regard Shiites as real Muslims.
This is the third attack this year that has left massive numbers of Shiites dead or injured, the AP reports. One previous attack killed 200 in Quetta and was carried out by Sunni militants belonging to the group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, AP reports.
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