Suicide Bomber Kills 30 at Pakistan Funeral

Curfew imposed, army summoned as death toll mounts
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2009 6:39 AM CST
A hospital official says the death toll from a bomb attack at a funeral for a Shiite Muslim leader in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 25.   (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud)
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(Newser) – At least 30 people died and 50 more were injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up during a funeral in Pakistan's volatile northwest, reports the New York Times. The bomber targeted the funeral of a Shia Muslim who was shot only yesterday, and eyewitnesses described seeing limbs scattered across the streets. Riots broke out following the attack, with mobs pillaging shops and surrounding hospitals to obtain aid for the wounded.

A curfew has been imposed in the town of Dera Ismail Khan, where Sunni-Shia tensions run high, and the army has been called in.