- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

ISLAMABAD

DEVELOPING STORY: A hospital official says the death toll from a bomb attack at a funeral for a Shi’ite Muslim leader in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 25.

Ashiq Salim, a doctor at the main hospital in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, says 25 bodies have been brought there since the attack on Friday morning.

Salim says the hospital is treating another 60 people who were injured.

A few hours earlier, police said a bomb has killed at least six mourners at a funeral in northwestern Pakistan for a slain Shi’ite Muslim leader.

City police official Miran Shah says that others at the funeral were wounded by the explosion and have been rushed to a hospital.

The city is a focus of rising sectarian violence in Pakistan, where hard-line Sunni Muslims groups, including the Taliban, have been gaining in strength.

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