[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Blast targets Pakistan's MQM party

At least seven people injured in explosion outside offices of secular party in Karachi just days before elections.

Last Modified: 02 May 2013 19:26
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Thursday's blast is the latest attack on offices of secular political parties participating in the elections [AFP]

A blast in Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi, has injured at least seven people in the run-up to the May 11 parliamentary elections.

Thursday's explosion happened outside the offices of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party on Burns Road, a central location with many shops and restaurants.

MQM is secular party that was a coalition party in Pakistan's outgoing ruling coalition.

The blast is the latest in a series of attacks on offices of secular political parties contesting the elections.

Officials said the casualty toll could rise as the blast was large.

A local police official said the bomb was planted in the ablution room of a Sunni Muslim mosque close to the MQM office.

Security services and ambulances rushed to the scene and the injured were taken to hospital.

Three bombs, two of which targeted MQM and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), killed three people and wounded 49 others in Karachi on Saturday.

At least 61 people have been killed in attacks on politicians and political parties since April 11, according to a tally by the AFP news agency.

The Pakistani Taliban has vowed to disrupt the elections and claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.

187

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
The organisation is struggling to its relevance without Julian Assange at the helm.
After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of bluefin tuna in the ocean.
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
join our mailing list