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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pakistan: Karachi bomb strikes naval bus

Suspected militants have killed at least five people in a bomb attack on a navy bus in the port city of Karachi.

Four of those who died in the roadside bombing were navy personnel. The fifth was a passing motorcyclist, officials said. Several others were wounded.

It is the third such attack this week. Four people died when two navy buses were bombed on Tuesday.

Karachi is the main base for Pakistan's navy. Militants have carried out many attacks in the city in the past.

Recent attacks in the city are being seen as retaliation for an offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and their allies in the north-west of the country.

Thursday's bombing took place in the early hours of the morning in the Karsaz area of the city, along the busy Faisal Avenue.

Police officials at the scene said they suspect the bomb was planted in a motorbike found near the blast site.

They said the attack appeared similar to Tuesday's twin bombings.

The attacks followed a blast a week ago at a gambling club, in which at least 18 people were killed. Police said they suspected Islamist militants carried out that attack.

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