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Blast kills 24 in Pakistani mosque procession

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  • NEW: Officials say 24 dead, 50 wounded in explosion near mosque
  • A crowd had gathered at the mosque for a Shia commemoration
  • Took place in the southern Punjab district of Dera Ghazi Khan
  • Blast caused by explosive device but no further details on attack released
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From Zein Basravi
CNN
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A blast struck a crowd of Shia Muslims as they took part in a procession toward a mosque in central Pakistan Thursday evening, killing at least 24 people and wounding 50, according to police and emergency officials.

The explosion happened around 7 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) in the southern Punjab district of Dera Ghazi Khan, a rescue operator and district police said.

Officials said the blast was caused by an explosive device, but had no details on how the attack was carried out.

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Video broadcast on Geo TV showed a chaotic scene as people tried to assist the wounded. Video Watch more about the blast »

As many as 600 people had gathered outside the Wadani Imam Bargah mosque to observe the 40th day of Muharram, a month of mourning for Shia Muslims, police said.

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