Blast kills 14 people in southern Pakistan

16:09, June 28, 2010      

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At least 14 people were killed and dozens of others injured Monday as a powerful blast in a truck rocked a crowded commercial area in Pakistan's southern city of Hyderabad, police sources said.

Police sources said the blast occurred in a truck loaded with gas cylinders that was parked at a truck stand at Halanaka, an area on the outskirts of Hyderabad, the second largest city in southern Sindh province.

They said that the blast damaged many vehicles and nearby shops.

Regional Police Officer, Fayyaz Leghari said that according to some eyewitnesses gas cylinders or chemical on the trucks caused the blast.

Leghari said preliminary investigation suggests that it was not an act of terrorism, adding that investigation is underway to determine cause of the blast.

Ambulances were sent to the area to rush the injured to nearby hospitals. According to hospital sources, some people were seriously injured and transferred to Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A nearby mosque was also destroyed in the blast.

Halanaka is a busy area where a large number of roadside hotels are located and drivers usually parked their trucks for eating.

Source: Xinhua


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