Bomb Kills Five in Pakistan Shrine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) - At least five people are dead after a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded at the gate of a famous Sufi shrine in central Pakistan during morning prayers.

The blast Monday in Punjab province was the latest in a string of attacks targeting Sufi shrines in Pakistan.

Islamist militants often target Sufis, whose mystical practices clash with their hard line interpretations of Islam.

A district government official says the dead from Monday's attack included at least one woman and that at least 13 others were wounded.

The blast damaged several shops but the shrine itself, which is dedicated to a 12th century Sufi saint, was largely unscathed.

A top Sufi scholar criticized the government for not doing enough to protect the Sufi population.

Pakistan is 95 percent Muslim, and the majority practice Sufi-influenced Islam.

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