Sunday 17 December 2017

Dual bomb blasts leave 22 dead

At least 22 people were killed and dozens more injured yesterday as two bombs exploded in Pakistan's largest city, one outside a hospital treating casualties from the first attack.

The first blast in Karachi targeted a bus carrying Shia Muslim worshippers, most of them women and children.

Officials said 12 people were killed in the attack and 49 injured. They said the bomb was attached to a motorcycle and detonated as the bus drove to a Shia procession.

Witness Imran Ahmad said the second bomb, which came two hours later, exploded outside the entrance to the emergency ward at Jinnah Hospital, which was packed with victims and relatives of those killed and wounded in the earlier attack.

Government spokesman Jamil Soomro said 10 people were killed and several others were wounded.

Karachi has been tense in recent weeks due to deadly clashes between rival political parties.

Irish Independent

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