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suicide bomber attacks prayer service in Pakistan

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posted on Apr, 11 2006 @ 04:28 PM

A suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a mass prayer service in southern Pakistan on Tuesday night, police said, killing at least 41 people, including the top leadership of an influential Sunni Muslim religious group.

Niaz Siddiqui, chief of police in Karachi, where the attack happened, said the attacker blew himself up while sitting behind leaders of the Urdu for Movement religious group, one of several Muslim organizations that organized the service in downtown Nishtar Park.

“The bomber used about 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives obtained locally, and we have collected his body parts,” Siddiqui told The Associated Press.

Anybody have any ideas as to what purpose this would serve? Doesn't appear to be any government or western target here, my only thought is that perhaps one of the religious leaders may have been targeted for some reason...

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