[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Deadly blast hits Pakistan police bus

At least 12 officers died in the suspected suicide attack, officials say, while dozens more were hospitalised.

Last updated: 13 Feb 2014 14:28
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The attack happened outside a police training centre [Reuters]

A powerful car bomb attack on a police bus in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi has killed at least 12 policemen and injured dozens more, officials said.

The blast went off early on Thursday morning as more than 50 officers were boarding the bus near the national highway in Karachi.

"Apparently an explosive-laden car hit the police bus transporting officials for security duty," Muhammad Iqbal, a senior police official, told the AFP news agency.

Doctor Semi Jamali at Karachi's Jinnah hospital told the AFP that in addition to the killed officers, about three dozen more policemen had been hospitalised, 10 of whom were in a critical condition.

The attack happened outside a police training centre, Iqbal said.

Police officer Rao Anwaar told the Associated Press news agency that it appeared to be a suicide attack, although there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The port city of Karachi, Pakistan's business hub, has been plagued for years by sectarian, ethnic and political violence.

The assault is the latest in a series of attacks that come at a time when the Pakistani government is trying to strike a peace deal with local Taliban.

190

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.