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Death toll in southern Pakistan bomb blast rises to 20

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani medical official has raised the death toll from a bombing at a Shiite mosque in country's south to 20 killed.

The explosion went off during midday prayers Friday in Shikarpur, is in Sindh province, roughly 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the port city of Karachi

Dr. Shaukat Ali Memon, who heads the hospital in Shikarpur where the dead were brought, told Pakistani television that 50 people, many severely wounded, were also brought to the hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Sunni Muslim extremists have often targeted religious institutions of Shiites, whom they do not consider to be true Muslims.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A senior Pakistani police official says a bomb blast at a mosque belonging to the minority Shiite sect of Islam has killed six people.

Abdul Qudoos Kalwar, a senior police official in Shikarpur where the blast took place, says four of the dead are children.

Shikarpur is in Sindh province, roughly 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of the port city of Karachi. Kalwar says it is not yet known whether it was a bomb planted on the scene or a suicide attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Sunni Muslim extremists have often targeted religious institutions of Shiites, whom they do not consider to be true Muslims.

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