Pakistan

Bombing Death Toll Rises to 65

The death toll from a suicide bombing Friday of a Shiite Muslim religious procession rose to 65 as wounded died in hospitals. About 150 were wounded in the Quetta attack, and some are still in critical condition. The Pakistani Taliban claimed credit for the bombing, its second against Shiite Muslims in a week after a triple suicide bombing Wednesday in Lahore. That blast killed 35. Shiite leaders were angry the Pakistani government appears unable to protect them; they are a minority group that makes up about 20 percent of Sunni-majority Pakistan’s population. Sectarian fighting has worsened there as the Taliban and al Qaeda have gained power.