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Shiites angered after Pakistan bombing kills 81

Sunday - 2/17/2013, 1:40pm  ET

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Shiite leaders in southwestern Pakistan are considering a new protests against the local government after a bombing yesterday that killed at least 81 people, mostly from their sect.

Some 160 people were also wounded in the blast at a produce market in Quetta. The attack underlined the precarious situation for Shiites living in a majority Sunni country where many extremist groups don't consider them real Muslims.

It's the second such attack in the city of Quetta this year. Friends and relatives of the dead gathered in Shiite mosques today, where 60 victims were laid out in coffins.

Meanwhile, religious leaders have been debating whether to protest by refusing to bury the dead, as they did after January's attack. After that bombing, which killed 86 people, Shiites camped for four days in the street alongside the coffins of their loved ones. Eventually the country's prime minister ordered a shake-up in the regional administration, putting the local governor in charge of the whole province

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123-r-06-(Sound of women and men chanting, at protest against suicide bombing in Quetta)--Sound of women and men chanting at a protest demanding government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, including one in Quetta that claimed more than 80 lives. (17 Feb 2013)

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124-r-05-(Sound of people chanting, at protest against suicide bombing in Quetta)--Sound of people chanting at a protest against the suicide bombing in Quetta. (17 Feb 2013)

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046-r-08-(Sound of relatives and friends at a hospital, seeking information about those wounded in the blast at the market)--Sound of relatives and friends at hospital, seeking information about those wounded in the blast at the market. (17 Feb 2013)

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047-a-03-(Hussain Ali, relative of one of the bombing victims, in AP interview at hospital)-"many people injured"-Hussain Ali, who is related to one of the bombing victims, says he tried to help the victims. (17 Feb 2013)

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010-c-17-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"city of Quetta"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports scores of people were killed and more than 160 were wounded in a bombing that targeted Shiites in Quetta. (17 Feb 2013)

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012-c-12-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"and kill them"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports Shiites were likely targeted for their religious beliefs. (17 Feb 2013)

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013-c-17-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"in it exploded"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports the bombing created a terrible scene. (17 Feb 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: PAKISTAN map highlighted with QUETTA locator, lettering BOMB BLAST, finished graphic (16 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO XMM109: Pakistani relatives of Saturday's bombing victims mourn next to their bodies in a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (17 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO XMM108: An elderly Pakistani man, reacts next to the body of his grandson Mohammed Javaid, a victim of Saturday's bombing, in a Mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (17 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO XMM110: Pakistani Shiite Muslim women shout slogans during a protest to condemn Saturday's bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (17 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO XMM103: Pakistanis gather by the lifeless bodies of Saturday's bombing victims, in a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (17 Feb 2013)

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