Bomb blasts kill many in Pakistan's Karachi

The violence in Karachi echoed similar attacks in Iraq gainst visitors gathered in Karbala to mark the occasion.

Bomb blasts kill many in Pakistan's Karachi

A bomb blast on a motorcycle killed 12 Shi'ites in Pakistan's commercial capital on Friday, followed hours later by a blast at a hospital where the wounded were being treated which killed as many as 10 people.

The second blast sent a plume of white smoke above Jinnah Hospital as distraught Pakistanis transported dead relatives.

The blast blew clothes and sandals off bodies near ambulances.

"It (the explosion) happened right in the middle of ambulances," Reuters reporter Augustine Anthony said of the second blast. A senior police official told Reuters that several hundred people were present.

"I came here with my two brothers to see our ailing cousin. Now they are missing. I don't know where they are," Meena, a 10-year-old girl, told a television station reporter at the hospital.

"A motorcyclist exploded near a bus ahead of us. We took off and rescued wounded," a witness to the first explosion said. About 40 people were wounded.

"They have damaged vehicles, smashed hospital doors and window. There must be deaths and wounded but we don't know exactly. it's panic," said Kamran Samuel, a hospital employee, told Reuters by telephone.

The violence in Karachi echoed similar attacks in Iraq gainst visitors gathered in Karbala to mark the occasion.

It was not clear if either attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.


Agencies

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