Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans during funeral of religious scholar Agha Hassan Zakri and a police officer in Quetta, Pakistan, on Saturday. Unknown gunmen shot and killed Zakri along with a police officer in the Pakistani southwestern city on Friday.AP PHOTO
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A bomb killed eight mourners at the funeral of a slain Shiite cleric Friday in northwestern Pakistan, triggering rioting and heightening sectarian tension in the volatile region.
Police said the attack in the city of Dera Ismail Khan wounded another 28 people and was followed by riots in which a mob burned shops and vehicles and pelted police with rocks. The U.S. this week shifted consular staff from the region because of rising insecurity.
Nuclear-armed Pakistan already faces a wave of Islamist violence that risks destabilizing the country as the West seeks its help in fighting al-Qaida and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, a suspected U.S. missile strike killed at least five militants in the town of Ali Khel in the North Waziristan region before dawn on Saturday, intelligence officials said.
Friday’s victims were attending the funeral of cleric Allama Nazir Shah Naqvi, who was fatally shot earlier in the day. Police officer Nasir Satti said investigators believed the bomb was detonated by remote control.