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Suicide car bomber targets worshippers in Pakistan

The attack came at the beginning of the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr.

A Pakistani boy looks on while standing in front of worshippers praying during the first day of Eid al-Fitr festival
A Pakistani boy looks on while standing in front of worshippers praying during the first day of Eid al-Fitr festival
Image: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen

A SUICIDE BOMBER targeted worshippers in Pakistan at the beginning of the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr yesterday.

Five people died in the blast, officials said. However a member of the Edhi Foundation, which runs ambulance services in the country, told Associated Press that 10 people were killed.

At least 17 people were wounded and nearby buildings were damaged.

The attack took place in Quetta, the capital of the Baluchistan province, as worshippers were heading home after morning prayers.

Quetta is home to Taliban militants and nationalists who have waged an insurgency against the Pakistani government.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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