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Pakistan bus blast kills two

Karachi, Dec. 21 (Reuters): A bomb ripped through a bus in the southern Pakistani city of Hyderabad today, killing two people and wounding several, police and ambulance workers said.

“One of the victims died on the spot, while the other on his way to hospital,” said senior police official Sheirdil Kharal. At least nine people were wounded, he said.

Earlier, police had said at least 15 people were wounded in the blast.

Hyderabad is about 160 km north of Karachi, where there have been a series of bomb attacks this year blamed on Islamic militant groups.

Police assistant inspector general Raouf Yousufzai described the blast as an act of terrorism. “We have launched investigations,” he said.

Bomb disposal squad officials said the explosion was caused by a crude device weighing at least half a kg.

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