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Scores Killed In Pakistan Mosque Attack


Residents gather near a damaged shop in a market after a blast in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal district on March 31.

An explosion in a mainly Shi’ite area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt has killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens of others, reports say.

Government administrator Zahid Hussain said the March 31 blast was caused by a bomb that exploded near a Shi’ite mosque in the city's central market.

Eyewitnesses said up to eight people died in the blast in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, which comes after a January 21 bomb explosion in Parachinar killed 24 people and wounded dozens of others.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Parachinar is the capital of the Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border. The area is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shi'a, who make up around 20 percent of Pakistan's population of 200 million.

With reporting by AP and Reuters

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