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Thousands attend funerals for Pak bomb victims

world Updated: Feb 06, 2010 20:14 IST

Shouting anti-Taliban slogans and beating their chests, thousands of mourners on Saturday attended the collective burial procession of 21 people killed in the twin bombings in Pakistan's commercial hub as the death toll from the assault rose to 33.

Sindh's Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed confirmed the death of 33 people in the two bomb attacks and put the toll of injured to 167.

The casualties were caused when a suicide bomber here rammed his explosives-rigged motorcycle into a bus packed with Shia mourners during the processions to mark the festival of Arbaeen and in an attack on the Jinnah hospital which was treating the victims of the first bomb strike yesterday.

Muslims every year mark Arbaeen, the final day of the 40-day mourning period for Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein who was killed along with his family and friends in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 681 A.D.

The TV channels broadcast live footage of the funerals showing men and women clad in black and carrying black flags beating their chest. The mourners raised anti-Taliban slogans when the bodies of the victims were brought for the funeral.

The mourners demanded speedy justice and urged the government to take immediate steps to arrest the culprits guilty of killing innocent men, women and children.