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Series of Explosions Hit Pakistani City of Karachi

  • VOA News

Pakistani police say at least one person has died after a string of bombs exploded on Monday in the southern city of Karachi.

At least 25 others were injured when six small bombs were detonated within an hour of each other in neighborhoods dominated by ethnic Pashtuns.

A local police chief (Babar Khattak, Sindh province police chief) said the bombings were probably carried out to create panic and unrest.

Last month peace negotiations between the government and Pakistani Taliban militants broke down, after leader Baitullah Mehsud announced he was suspending talks. Mehsud vowed to retaliate after government forces launch an attack and captured a militant area in the Khyber tribal region.

Meanwhile in the capital, police investigating Sunday's suicide attack near the radical Red Mosque said they found the severed head of the suicide bomber responsible for the blast.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for that attack, which killed 18 people.

It happened just after several thousand Islamists had rallied nearby to mark the first anniversary of an army siege and raid on the Red Mosque. Officials said most of the victims were police.

President Pervez Musharraf condemned the bombing as a terrorist act.

More than 100 people were killed during fighting at the mosque in early July last year. Pakistan security forces stormed the compound after an eight-day siege. The mosque's hardline clerics and supporters had waged a violent campaign to impose strict Taliban-style law in Pakistan.

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