Motorcycle bomb wounds 21 in Pakistan

2013-01-01 20:45
Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement chant in Karachi. (File, AP)

Supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement chant in Karachi. (File, AP)

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Karachi - A bomb planted on a motorbike on Tuesday wounded at least 21 people in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, police said.

The target of the attack appeared to be buses taking back activists after a joint rally organised by the city's dominant political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran - the movement to follow the path of the Qu'ran, led by Muslim scholar Tahir-ul Qadri.

"The bomb was planted in a motorcycle. At least 21 people have been injured, condition of two of them was critical," Asif Ijaz, a senior police official told AFP.

Imran Shokat, a spokesperson for police in southern Sindh province of which Karachi is the capital, confirmed the incident and added that the motorbike was parked in the congested Aisha Manzil neighbourhood of the city.

"We are investigating whether it was a timed device or a remote-controlled bomb," Shokat told AFP.

Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan with an estimated population of 18 million, is in the grip of a long-running wave of political and sectarian violence. Its Arabian Sea port is used by the United States and NATO to ship supplies to the war in neighbouring, landlocked Afghanistan.

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