Bombs kill 20 near Pakistani capital

Powerful bombs ripped through a bus and a market in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi Tuesday, killing at least 20 people including 15 government defence workers, officials said.

Bombs kill 20 near Pakistani capital
Powerful bombs ripped through a bus and a market in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi Tuesday, killing at least 20 people including 15 government defence workers, officials said.

The devastating attacks happened minutes apart in sensitive military areas of the city, which is near the capital Islamabad and also the site of key US ally President Pervez Musharraf's official army residence.

The first explosion hit a bus carrying defence workers to work in the city's Qasim bazaar, police officer Mohammad Hamid told AFP. Fifteen of the employees were killed and about a dozen wounded, interior ministry officials said.

The white-coloured 40-seater bus was almost completely destroyed by the blast, which could be heard across the city. Rescue workers were cutting open the wreckage to pull out injured people and dead bodies.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either bombing.

AFP
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