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Suicide bomber kills 11 in Quetta

Suicide bomber kills 11 in Quetta
A car bomb blast killed 11 and injured 21 during Eid festivities in Quetta Pakistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr holiday which begins August 30, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. UPI/Ismael Mohamad. | License Photo

QUETTA, Pakistan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Eid festival turned tragic Wednesday in Quetta, Pakistan, where a car bomb went off near a group of worshipers, killing several of them, police said.

CNN, quoting police, reported at least 11 died in the blast and 21 others were injured.

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Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Police spokesman Abdullah Afridi said the suicide bomber tried to drive his explosives-laden car deeper into the crowd of worshipers offering prayers but set off the blast when security stopped him, CNN reported.

"The strength of the explosion blew body parts and glass from nearby shops into the air," Afridi said.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, traveling in northwest China, strongly condemned the attack and asked provincial authorities to investigate, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Quetta is the capital of southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province, which has been the scene of much sectarian and militant violence. Resource-rich Balochistan has also been a troubled province in Pakistan with armed Baloch rebels demanding a greater share of the region's income from Islamabad and autonomy.

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