Authorities said Thursday the bomber blew himself up at Shi'ite Muslim march in the city of Rawalpindi after police tried to stop him for a security check. The blast wounded at least 62 others, including several children.
Earlier Wednesday, a Taliban bombing near a Shi'ite mosque in Karachi killed at least one person.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for both attacks, saying the terrorist group was targeting Shi'ites because it believes they are “blasphemers.”
Shi'ite Muslims are celebrating the month of Muharram and on Saturday will observe the holiest day of the month, Ashura. The holy day commemorates the death of the Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, in the seventh century, and they will cut their heads open. VoA.