Eight killed in blast near DI Khan Muharram procession
[Dawn] A kaboom killed eight people Saturday near a Muharram procession in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
's Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
district despite a security crackdown, the latest attack on Shias during the holy month.

Four boys were among the dead and 30 other people were maimed when the remote-controlled bomb packed with ball bearings went kaboom! on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan, police said.

Police said a 10-kilogramme bomb was hidden in a dustbin on the procession route and its powerful blast could be heard several kilometres away.

According to a Dawn.com correspondent, a bomb-disposal squad personnel confirmed that eight to ten kilograms of kaboom was used in the blast.

Seven people, including the four children, died soon after the blast and a man died later Saturday from his wounds in hospital, hospital officials told AFP.

"Two are still at death's door," said doctor Azhar Ali, deputy chief of Nishtar Hospital in the central city of Multan.

Akhtar Nawaz, another official at the state-run district headquarters hospital said three children were dead on arrival.

City police chief Khalid Suhail said the dead children were aged between six and 11 years. "They were young boys," he said, adding that two of them were brothers.

Political leaders, including President Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
, have condemned the blast.

Posted by: Fred 2012-11-25