Saqib Khan

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Khan, a photographer for the Urdu-language paper Ummat, died
from injuries he sustained in a bomb explosion that occurred 30 minutes after
another blast outside a Shia site in Karachi, according to the International
Federation of Journalists and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists. Khan
was killed while covering the first explosion, the same sources said.

Police said the first blast was a suicide attack, while the
second bomb was detonated with a remote-controlled device. The second bomb
exploded about 50 feet from the first one, wounding reporters, police officers,
and bomb disposal teams who had arrived at the scene.

The bombs exploded at a site frequently used for Shia
commemoration ceremonies; Shias were celebrating the holy month of Muharram,
the first month of the Islamic calendar.

No group claimed responsibility for the twin bombings, but
two days after the explosions, Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan called Agence
France-Presse and said the Taliban had dispatched more than 20 suicide bombers
to target Shia Muslims.