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Pakistani Shiites end protest, agree to bury 28 killed bus bombing in southwest

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)

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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 - A top Shiite leader says a protest by more than 2,000 people against a bomb attack on a bus has ended after the government assured them protection.

The protesters had blocked a major road in the capital of a restive Baluchistan province with coffins and refused to bury their dead to protest increasing militant violence targeting the minority community.

Some 28 Shiite Pakistanis were killed Tuesday in a suicide bomber attack on their bus.

Abdul Khaliq Hazara said Friday they agreed to end the protest just before midnight Thursday after assurances of protection from the government.

He said the victims would be buried later Friday.

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