Pakistan: Militants attack leading Sufi shrine

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The Independent Online

Two suspected suicide bombers attacked the most revered Sufi shrine in Pakistan's largest city yesterday, killing at least seven people and wounding 65 others.

The explosions at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi happened at the busiest time of the week for Sufi shrines. Thousands typically visit that shrine on a Thursday to pray, distribute food to the poor and toss rose petals on the grave of the saint.

Pakistani Sufi sites have frequently been the target of Islamist militant groups, whose hardline interpretations of the religion leave no room for the more mystical Sufi practices that are common in this Sunni Muslim-majority nation.

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