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Bomb blast kills two policemen in Karachi: Officials

world Updated: Mar 27, 2015 11:50 IST

A bomb blast hit a police van in Karachi Friday morning, killing at least two policemen and wounding 14 other people, officials said, the latest violence in Pakistan's strife-torn biggest city.

Karachi, Pakistan's economic heart and home to 18 million people, is rife with criminal, ethnic, political and sectarian killings, which claim hundreds of lives each year.

Security forces have been cracking down on criminal and militant activities since late 2013, suffering reprisal attacks in return.

"Two policemen were killed and 14 other people including two civilians were injured when a bomb planted on a motorbike was blown up as a police van was passing by," Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo told AFP.

He said the officers belonged to the Special Service Unit, an elite squad that guards VIPs, and were on their way to guard Bilawal House, the residence of former president Asif Ali Zardari.

Dr Seemi Jamali, spokesperson of the government-run Jinah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) said two dead bodies and 14 injured were brought to the hospital.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast but militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have attacked police vehicles in the city in the past.