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Twin bombs kill 7 in Pakistan,Taliban claims responsibility

Javed Odho said the bombs were planted in motorcycles that were parked in the crowded area.

Written by PTI | Islamabad |
November 23, 2013 3:19:24 pm

Twin bomb blasts in a Shia- dominated area in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi have killed at least seven people and injured 48 others.

The blasts,within minutes of each other,took place on Friday in Ancholi,damaging shops and vehicles. DIG East Javed Odho said the bombs were planted in motorcycles that were parked in the crowded area. He said that about 3 to 4 kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the explosions.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Tehrik-e-Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that these attacks were in retaliation for the November 25 violence in Rawalpindi which killed at least 11 people and the drone attack on November 21 in Hangu in which six persons were killed and at least eight others were injured.

The TTP threatened to continue such attacks if those responsible for the violence in Rawalpindi are not brought to justice and the drone strikes do not stop. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the bomb blast.

“The Nation will never be intimidated by these acts of terror in Karachi. Law and writ of the state will take care of fear-mongers,responsible for such heinous crimes. We will make sure that terrorists and criminals are speedily prosecuted and justice is dispensed without fear and favour,” a statement released by his office said.

Terming the blasts in Karachi a cowardly act of terrorism,he said “All institutions will have to work without fear and upholding professional competence for effectively addressing the menace of terror”.

“We have no option but to wipe out the peril of extremism,sectarianism and terrorism. Karachi killings are cowardly act of terrorists,” the statement quoted Sharif as saying.

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