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Pakistan orders operation in Quetta after bombing targeting Shiites killed 89 people

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    An elderly Pakistani man holds a banner while taking part in a protest condemning the bombing attack that took place in Quetta last Saturday, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of scores of victims of the bombing in Quetta have refused to bury their relatives until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) (The Associated Press)

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    A Pakistani Shiite girl takes part in a sit-in protest with others to condemn the Saturday bombing which killed scores of people, in Quetta, Pakistan on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of the bombing victims have refused to bury their loved ones until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. Mispelled and partially shown writing reads, "don't kill me. I am Shia." (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (The Associated Press)

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    A Pakistani Shiite woman reacts at the site of a Saturday bombing which killed scores of people, in Quetta, Pakistan on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of the victims of a Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 bombing of a market in Quetta have refused to bury their loved ones until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt) (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's prime minister has ordered on operation in the southwestern city of Quetta following a bombing targeting minority Shiite Muslims that killed 89 people.

A statement issued by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf's office on Tuesday provided no details about the operation or exactly who would be targeted.

It simply says that the operation aims to eliminate "those responsible for playing with lives of innocent civilians."

Meanwhile, thousands of Shiites protested for a third day in Quetta, demanding the army take control of the city and launch a targeted operation against sectarian militant groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

The group claimed responsibility for the bombing Saturday that killed 89 people and one in January that killed 86.

Radical Sunni militants have targeted Shiites because they don't consider them to be real Muslims.