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(Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber attacked Shi'ite Muslims as they were leaving a mosque in Pakistan's commercial capital on Sunday, killing at least 45 people, in another signal Sunni militants are escalating sectarian attacks.
"It was a powerful blast on a congested Shi'ite-dominated area," senior police official Shabir Ahmad Sheikh.
Bombings targeting Shi'ites have killed nearly 200 people in the city of Quetta alone since the start of the year.
In 2012, sectarian attacks and clashes climbed by 47 percent to 208, according to the Pak Institute For Peace Studies, a prominent Pakistani think tank.