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Over 50 killed in Pak blast; scores hurt

The bomb went off at Karachi's Nishtar Park during Tuesday's prayers on the occasion of Prophet's birth anniversary.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:52 IST

At least 55 people were killed, and scores injured when a powerful blast ripped through a stage erected in a park where Pakistani religious leaders and hundreds of faithful were offering evening prayers on the occasion on Prophet Mohammad's birth anniversary.

The bomb, planted under a stage erected in the crowded Nishtar Park in Pakistan's port city Karachi, tore through, scattering bodies dressed in ceremonial white outfits and limbs across the area.

While 51 deaths were confirmed by officials in Karachi, television channels reported that 55 were killed in the explosion.

Those killed in the bomb attack included head of Islamic group Tehrik Awam Ahli-Sunnat, (TAAS) Haji Hanif Bilo and his son Hafiz Bilo. TAAS organised Tuesday's congregation at the park in Karachi.

The condition of a number of TAAS leaders who were injured in the blast was stated to be serious.

Local Geo TV reported said some of the leaders of the banned sunni outfit, Sunni Tehrik, who took part in the meeting were injured in the explosion. A number of television journalists were also injured in the attack.

"Human remains are acattered all over the place. Injured are being rushed to local hospitals. It was a powerful bomb blast and we fear a very high casualty list," a spokesman of the local administration said.

Nearly 125 injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals and the condition of most of them was said to be serious. Emergency has been declared in hospitals.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 01:40 IST