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updated 7/14/2006 9:01:29 AM ET 2006-07-14T13:01:29

A suicide attacker detonated a bomb near the home of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric in this southern Pakistan city on Friday, killing him and one of his relatives, police said.

A guard of the cleric, Allama Hassan Turabi, was also seriously hurt in the blast that shook downtown Karachi, said Manzoor Mughal, a senior police investigator. The attacker was also killed, he said.

Mughal said Turabi died of his injuries at a hospital. Dr. Abdul Rashid at the private Patel Hospital confirmed the cleric's death.

In April, a roadside bomb went off near Turabi’s car in Karachi, wounding his two guards and a passer-by in what appeared to be a sectarian attack.

Turabi wass leader of a Shiite party, Islamic Tehreek Pakistan. He was also chief in the southern province of Sindh for Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal or United Action Forum, a hard-line opposition religious coalition.

Pakistan has been beset for years by sectarian attacks of extremist elements among the majority Sunni and minority Shiite sects.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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