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Blast in Pakistan-administered Kashmir kills five

Scene of blast in Muzaffarabad
The blast happened at a security checkpoint in Muzaffarabad

A suspected suicide bomb attack on a Shia Muslim gathering in Pakistan-administered Kashmir has left five people dead, officials say.

The blast in Muzaffarabad came as Shia Muslims commemorated the festival of Ashura that mourns the 7th-Century death of Imam Hussein.

More than 60 people were reported to have been injured in the blast.

Pakistan's security forces were on high alert fearing sectarian clashes between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

The attacker detonated his explosives as police tried to search him at a checkpoint set up outside the gathering, a police spokesman told the Associated Press news agency.

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