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A blast targeting Shiites rocked a busy Pakistani marketplace on Saturday (CNN)

A blast targeting Shiites rocked a busy Pakistani marketplace on Saturday (CNN).

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace killed at least 25 people on Saturday, police told CNN

The strike occurred the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta.

At least 60 people also were injured when an explosives laden motorbike parked along the Karana Road section of the city was remotely detonated. said Mir Zubair Mehmood, a Quetta senior police official.

The South Asian nation, overwhelmingly Sunni, has been beset by sectarian strife and attacks for years.

Mehmood said the attack targeted a Shiite Hazara community. Ethnic Hazaras live mostly in Afghanistan, and there are also Hazara enclaves in Afghanistan and Iran.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf strongly condemned the bombing and vowed to go after militants.

Earlier this year, a wave of attacks in Quetta left 87 people dead in the Shiite community.