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Scores of children killed in Pakistan attack

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:00

At least 72 people were killed including some 30 children in the apparent Islamic State suicide bombing of a Sufi shrine in Pakistan, the deadliest in a string of recent attacks. Francis Maguire reports.

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It's the latest in a recent string of massive attacks in Pakistan, this one with scores of children among the dead. Medical workers say a suicide bomber appears to have targeted the women's wing of a Sufi temple in the country's south, killing at least 72 people including some 30 youths accompanying their mothers. And the death toll is likely to rise. The temple was more crowded than usual at the time of the attack on Thursday (February 16). The day of the week holding special significance to worshippers. Rescuers working through the chaos. Islamic State claimed responsibility. It comes less than a week after another bombing killed 13 at a protest in Lahore. That attack was claimed by a faction of the Taliban. After years of improving security in the country, rival Islamist militant groups are now carrying out their threats in a new offensive. The governmenent has vowed vengeance, and immediatly closed its border with Afghanistan. The militants have presences in both countries.

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Scores of children killed in Pakistan attack

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:00