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A bomb has exploded, on Sunday 04/05/2009, at a religious gathering of Shiaa Muslims in North-Eastern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people, police say.

Dozens of others were injured in the blast near the capital, Islamabad, officials said. According to early reports, the explosion occurred outside a Mosque in the Chakwal area of Punjab province.

It comes a day after eight paramilitary soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on an Islamabad security base.

“A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of Imambargah (Mosque) where a religious gathering was taking place,” police official Chaudhry Zulfiqar told AFP news agency.

He said police at the gate tried to stop the attacker going inside, where about 1,200 people had gathered. Rescue authorities are still searching through the wreckage where the explosion occurred.

 

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