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Pakistan Blast Kills 42 in Karachi, More Than 135 Are Injured

March 03, 2013

Pakistan Blast Kills 42 in Karachi, More Than 135 Are Injured

People gather at the site of a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan. Photographer: Asif Hassan/AFP via Getty Images

At least 42 people were killed today when an explosion ripped through a commercial neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in Karachi, a senior health official said.

More than 135 people were injured in the explosion, health official Suresh Kumar said by phone in Karachi.

“The death toll may rise, as we suspect more people may be trapped under rubble of the buildings damaged in the blast,” Kumar said.

Last month, 84 Shiites died in a bombing in Quetta, in southwestern Baluchistan province. A bombing in Quetta in January killed at least 96.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Simpson in Toronto at jsimpson12@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrea Snyder at asnyder5@bloomberg.net


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