20 Shiite pilgrims killed in Pakistan bus attacks
December 31, 2012 -- Updated 1532 GMT (2332 HKT)
The burned out remains of the piligrim's bus that was attacked in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.
- One bus is destroyed and two others are damaged, an official says
- All three buses were carrying Shiite pilgrims headed toward Iran
- It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A blast killed 20 Shiite pilgrims and injured another 25 in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province Sunday, a senior administration official said.
Militants targeted three buses of Shiite pilgrims in the Dringarh area with a car bomb, said Tufail Baloch, deputy commissioner of the Mastung district.
One bus was destroyed in the attack, and the other two were damaged, Baloch said.
He said buses were carrying Shiite pilgrims from Quetta to Iran. The pilgrims were from Pakistan's Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
Baloch said authorities found a timed device at the scene that indicates the blast was controlled remotely.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. But in the past, Sunni militant group Lashkar e Jhangvi has targeted buses of Shiite pilgrims.
Shia Islam is a minority sect in the mainly Sunni Muslim country, and its members face persecution from extremists.
On November 24, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast that killed seven people, including three children, during a Shiite religious procession.
Read more: Taliban claim responsibility for fatal Pakistan blast
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