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Karachi hit with shooting and grenade attacks

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 01:13

Aug. 17 - At least ten people are dead and several injured after shooting and grenade attacks in the Pakistani capital. Deborah Gembara reports

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Blood on the streets of Karachi after shooting and grenade attacks which left ten people dead, including a young girl and a former lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan People's Party. Mohammed Naem was among those wounded when a gunman opened fire. SOUNDBITE: Mohammed Naem saying: (Urdu): "The people were gathered there to break the fast. They were drinking water while breaking the fast, then suddenly this firing occurred. We ran off from there, some people fell to the ground. Shops were mostly closed but some were open that started shutting down. Shopkeepers were not letting people to take refuge neither anyone was picking up injured. I pleaded people for help, I asked them to call ambulance." The violence wasn't confined to just one area. Karachi's Bhempora neighborhood came under five grenade attacks and a rickshaw was reportedly set on fire elsewhere in the capital. Fighting linked to ethnic, political and religious tensions have long plagued Karachi -- with 300 people killed in July alone. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Karachi hit with shooting and grenade attacks

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 01:13