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16 killed in blast in Pakistan

world Updated: Jul 13, 2009 23:43 IST
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An explosion killed at least sixteen people and wounded scores in Pakistan on Monday, as an explosives cache believed to have been stored by militants ignited in a house used to teach children the Koran.

There was evidence militants were using the house where the explosion occurred as police found four jackets used by suicide bombers and six rocket launchers in the rubble, said an official with the rescue team.

“It appears that the blast was caused by some explosives that were being stored in the house," the district police chief said.

The victims included seven children. At least 70 people were wounded, but many are still trapped beneath the rubble. Rana Sanaullah, provincial law minister, who also handles security matters, said police had arrested the owner of the house. who is a former activist of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan — a banned Sunni militant group involved in violence against Shi’ite Muslims.

‘Spy’ gets no reprieve

The Supreme Court on Monday offered little hope to Indian ‘spy’ Gopal Dass about his early release from a Pakistan jail, where he has been languishing for the past 25 years.

Unable to do anything significant to expedite his release from Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, a bench deferred the hearing by six months after Attorney General GE Vahanvati told the court that India has been able to provide consular access to Dass.

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