Bomb in Pakistan kills 2 Shiites, injures 35

By RIAZ KHAN | November 25, 2012 | 2:33 AM EST

Pakistani Shiite Muslim girls mourn during a Muharram procession in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb exploded at a Shiite religious procession in northwest Pakistan, killing at least two people and injuring some 35 others.

Police official Javed Khan says the bomb exploded Sunday in the city of Dera Ismail Khan. The city is located near the South Waziristan tribal region where a similar bombing Saturday killed seven and wounded 30.

Shiite Muslims are observing Ashoura, a feast that commemorates the seventh century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. The Sunni-Shiite schism over the heir to Muhammad dates back to that time, and Sunni extremists often target Shiites mourners during the season.

Pakistan has suspended mobile phone service in major cities during Ashoura to prevent such bombings, which often use cellphones as detonators.