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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Series of blasts kill 8, injure 50 in Quetta, Karachi

April 23rd, 2013

 by Tahir Khan

A series of bomb blasts in Quetta late Tuesday killed at least five people and injured 30 others, police said.

Police said that four blasts occurred in different parts of Quetta in less than three hours.

A bomber exploded his explosive-laden vehicle near a check post on Alizai road, killing four people and injuring 14 others. Two security personal and two children were among those died in the attack, hospital sources said.

The blast also caused damage to the check post, officials said.

Police sources said that the preliminary investigation suggests that it was a suicide attack, targeting the check post of paramilitary force, Frontier Corps.

The injured were shifted to the military and main civil hospitals. Several injured were registered critical.

Residents said that the fourth blast disrupted power supply system in most parts of the city, plunging it into darkness.

The first blast was reported in Jinnah Town, the second one in the Gawalmandi area and the third blast in Mali Bagh. The forth blast took place on Alizai road.

No group claimed responsibility for the series of blasts.

Meanwhile a bomb attack in Karachi near the office of a political party killed at least three persons and injured at least 15 people. Five people were in critical condition.

Police said that the target was the office of Mutahida Qaumi Movement at in North Nazimabad.

Police said that the bomb was attached to a motorbike and was parked near the office.

Supporters of the MQM and the residents staged a protest demonstration against the blast.

MQM leaders also visited the area and condemned the attack.

No group claimed responsibility. Taliban had threatened attacks on the MQM and the PPP and ANP election meetings. Taliban had asked the people to stay away from the meetings of the three parties.

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