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10 killed, at least 45 hurt in bomb blast

The blast occurs at the busy Gul Ahmed crossing at Landhi Industrial Area in Qaidabad.

world Updated: Jan 15, 2008 03:33 IST

At least ten people, including two children, were killed and 45 others injured in a powerful bomb blast in an industrial area in this southern Pakistani port city on Monday

The blast occurred at the busy Gul Ahmed roundabout at Landhi Industrial Area in Qaidabad at about 8.30 pm. Many of the victims were workers of a nearby textile mill. Police said the bomb was hidden in a motorcycle that was blown to bits.

The commercial area was packed with people at the time of the blast, which was heard from a kilometre away. The explosion ripped through people crowded around mobile kiosks selling vegetables and fruits.

Doctors at the Jinnah Hospital said the dead and injured were hit by metal pellets that were packed into the bomb.

A large crowd gathered in the area after the blast, shouting slogans and causing a traffic snarl that hampered ambulances from reaching the site of the explosion. Police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers rushed to the spot and used batons to push back the crowd.

The Edhi Foundation, a well-known NGO, rushed nearly 40 ambulances to the area to take the bodies and injured to nearby hospitals.

Pools of blood, shoes, chappals and vegetables lay scattered at the site of blast, which was thronged by a large number of people despite efforts by the security forces to cordon off the area.

In separate messages, President Pervez Musharraf and caretaker Prime Minister Mohammad Mian Sumroo directed the law-enforcement agencies to hunt down the perpetrators of the attack.