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More Than 20 Killed As Blast Hits Pilgrims' Bus In Pakistan


Pakistan -- Pakistani rescuers gather around a burnt passenger bus carrying Shiite pilgrims at the site of the suicide car bomb attack in Akhtarabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province on January 1, 2014.
QUETTA, Pakistan, Pakistani officials say a bomb blast hit a bus carrying Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims returning from Iran and killed at least 22 people.

The explosion on January 21 occurred on a road outside the city of Quetta, the capital of the southwestern province of Balochistan.

More than 20 people were reported injured. Officials said the bus was traveling in a convoy when it was struck by the blast.

It was not clear who was responsible. Islamist militants, Sunni sectarian extremists, and ethnic Baluch separatists are all active in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran. Shi'ites are a minority in mainly Sunni Pakistan.

With reporting by Radio Mashaal, Reuters, AFP, AP
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