Pakistani Shiites rally against deadly attack

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Relatives and mourners of Shiite pilgrims who were killed on Tuesday by a bomb blast, protest sitting next to their bodies, in Quetta, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Shiite Muslims in Baluchistan protested Wednesday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, demanding action to stop the continued violence against their sect; they brought the coffins of many of the dead into the streets as part of their protest. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt)

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says relatives of Shiites killed in a suicide bombing this week are rallying for the third straight day, refusing to bury their kin and demanding a crackdown on militants in southwestern Baluchistan province.

The officer, Ahmad Nawaz says the Shiites are protesting Tuesday's attack in Mastung district when a suicide bomber killed 28 Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran.

The protesters have placed the coffins of the victims on a road in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, and refuse to move.

Local Shiite leader Musarrat Agha says the protests won't end until Pakistan's government cracks down on al-Qaida linked Sunni militants in Baluchistan, such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The group often targets Shiites, considering them to be heretics.

Similar Shiite protests are also being held elsewhere Thursday in Pakistan.