Many dead in Pakistan lorry blast

At least 18 people killed in an accidental explosion in southern city of Hyderabad.

    The blast in the Hala Naka area destroyed around a dozen vehicles and at least 10 shops [Reuters]

    The lorry was parked at a stop on the outskirts of Hyderabad, 160km north of Karachi, Pakistan's commercial capital.

    The blast destroyed around a dozen vehicles and at least 10 shops.

    Nawaz Abbasi, a medical superintendent at the city's Liaqat University Hospital, said his hospital had received 14 bodies, and at least 30 people wounded.

    Fayyaz Leghari, a senior police officer, told the Reuters news agency no evidence suggesting it was a bomb or a suicide attack was found.

    Pakistan has been hit hard by sporadic violence in recent months as it fights Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in the northwest.

    In the latest clash of its kind, security forces in the northwestern Orakzai region killed 12 fighters after their checkpoint came under attack, a government official said.

    Two soldiers were wounded in the gun battle.

    No independent verification of official figures of casualties was available.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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