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Pakistani Shiite procession hit by bombing, 6 dead

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Police in Pakistan say a bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least six people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.

Since Wednesday, at least 31 have been killed in bombings aimed at Pakistani Shiites and claimed by the Taliban, who espouse an extremist interpretation of Sunni Islam. Over 100 were wounded in the attacks during the run-up to the holiday, which commemorates the 7th century death of Muhammad's grandson. The schism between Sunnis and Shiites dates back to that time.

Sunday's explosion went off as hundreds of Shiites were passing through the main intersection of a city in northwestern Pakistan.

The city's police chief says the bomb contained about 17 pounds of explosives and steel balls and was detonated by remote control.

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