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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Attacks Kill Dozens in Pakistan

KOHAT, Pakistan -- A suspected suicide bombing and gunfire killed at least 29 minority Shiite Muslims in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday and gunmen killed at least four more people in an attack on a bus, officials said.

The bombing targeted a procession in the town of Hangu in the Northwest Frontier Province to mark Ashura, the holiest day for Shiites. Officials reported several blasts.

Abdul Rashid, medical superintendent at the Hangu hospital, said 29 people had been confirmed dead there.

"We have 29 confirmed dead bodies," he said. "Some of them have bullet wounds. All of them are Shiites."

A leader of the Shiite procession, Maulana Khurshid Anwar, said a bomb exploded near a stage where he was about to address Shiite mourners.

Enraged Shiites set shops and a bank on fire and fired shots into the air in the town 200 kilometers west of Islamabad.

Superintendent Mohammad Ayub, of the Hangu police, said four people died in a shootout during a curfew imposed after the bombing -- one policeman, a soldier, and two civilians.

In another incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus outside the town, killing four passengers, including a woman, and injuring two, said a paramilitary commander, Aziz Rehman.

Pakistan has suffered Islamist sectarian violence for years, most of it directed by majority Sunni Muslims against Shiites.