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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 3 people died and over 50 others got injured after a powerful explosion hit a procession of Shiite Muslims in the Bahawalnagar city in eastern Pakistan on Thursday, Associated Press reported, citing the police.
Earlier in the day, AP reported, citing witnesses, that the blast injured 30 people.
Shiite leader Khawar Shafqat confirmed the incident but did not provide any further details.
A video emerged online, showing ambulances arriving at the scene of the explosion.
The explosion reportedly occurred outside the Mohajir Colony Mosque.
According to another report, the death toll from the blast currently stands at 5, with more than 40 people injured.
#BREAKING: 5 killed and 41 injured in a bomb explosion on Ashura procession of innocent Shia mourners in Bahawal Nagar of Punjab in Pakistan. Blast happened two hours ago yet there isn’t much reportage in Pakistan media. Instructions to ignore a Shia tragedy? pic.twitter.com/ScEXBngBPV
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 19, 2021