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Multiple blasts rock Pakistan’s Quetta and Karachi

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 00:29

April 23 - At least six people are killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb attack in Quetta, while a bomb blast in Karachi kills two people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday when a suicide car bomber killed at least six people and wounded dozens in an attack that came close to killing one of the community's top politicians, police said. The blast in the city of Quetta was the worst attack on the Hazaras since a series of bombings at the start of the year killed almost 200 people, briefly throwing a global spotlight on a worsening campaign of persecution by sectarian militants. Khaliq Hazara, the chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, said the blast occurred shortly after he had finished addressing a small street gathering as part of his campaign for a National Assembly seat in general elections on May 11. Hazara said he suspected the bomber intended to kill him and his advisers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. In a separate attack on Tuesday, a bomb exploded in the commercial capital Karachi near a gathering of activists of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the dominant political party in the city. Police said two people were killed. The MQM, a secular party, is locked in a battle with various rival contenders for influence in Karachi, including Pakistan's Taliban movement, which has sought to gain a foothold in various districts on the outskirts of the city in recent years. The proximity of the blast to the election meeting will fuel fears that Islamist militants are determined to disrupt campaigning by secular parties ahead of the polls, Pakistan's first transition between elected civilian governments.

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Multiple blasts rock Pakistan’s Quetta and Karachi

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 00:29