Pakistani policemen stand guard during a procession by Shiite devotees ahead of the forthcoming commemoration of Ashoura in Karachi on November 2, 2014. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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A bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan Friday killing at least 40 people, officials said, in the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in nearly two years.An official with a national Shiite organization, Rahat Kazmi, told AFP that up to 400 people were worshiping in the mosque when the blast struck.It is the bloodiest single sectarian attack in Pakistan since January 22 last year, when 24 Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran were killed when their bus was bombed in southwestern Baluchistan province.Around 1,000 Shiites have been killed in the past two years in Pakistan, a heavy toll, with many of the attacks claimed by the hardline Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
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