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WAR: Two Blasts Kill at Least 39 in Pakistan

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posted on Oct, 7 2004 @ 04:39 AM
In an apparent revenge attack, two bombs planted in vehicles exploded at a gathering of Sunni Muslim in central Pakistan today. The attack which was carried out on people describes as “radicals”, took place less than a week after a suicide attacked killed 31 at a Shiite mosque.
MULTAN, Pakistan - Two bombs planted in a car and motorcycle exploded at a gathering of Sunni Muslim radicals in central Pakistan before dawn Thursday, killing at least 39 people and wounding about 100 others. Police suspected it was a sectarian attack.

About 2,000 angry Sunnis gathered outside a hospital where victims of the explosions in the city of Multan were taken, shouting "Shiites are infidels!" and slogans against the government, witnesses said.

The bombings came less than a week after a suicide attack left 31 dead at a Shiite mosque in an eastern city.

About 3,000 people had gathered in a residential area of Multan to mark the anniversary of the death of the leader of the outlawed Sunni radical group Sipah-e-Sahaba killed in an attack last year.

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The Pakistan government is investigating. At least 39 have been killed in the blast and over 100 wounded. At least half of the wounded are listed as serious. Sunni protesters surrounded the hospital where the victims were taken and proceeded to attack ambulances and burn tires. Over 1000 police have been called in to patrol the city and prevent the two religious sects from clashing

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