Police say attacks on Pakistani minorities kill 23

Suicide bombings target spiritual minorities killed at least 23 people in Pakistan on Friday, driving up the toll of sectarian attacks in a country already scruffy by massive flooding.

A blast killed at smallest amount 22 people in the southwestern city of Quetta at a Shiite parade calling for unity with Palestinians, Police Chief Ghulam Shabir Sheikh said. Police force said dozens were injured and some were in critical situation.

A number of Shiite youths ablaze in the air after the blast, and Qazi Abdul Wahid, a senior police official, said officers were trying to control the state.

Shiite head Allama Abbas Kumaili appealed to members to stay put passive.

"We appreciate these are attempts to bring Sunni and Shiite sects next to each other," he said.

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