Twin attacks on Pakistan navy buses kill 4, injure 56

13:37, April 26, 2011      

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Twin attacks on Pakistan navy buses kill 4, injure 56

Pakistani soldiers cordon off the blast site in southern Pakistani city Karachi, April 26, 2011. Twin bomb attacks on two buses of the Pakistan navy killed at least one person and injured 25 Tuesday morning in Karachi. (Xinhua/Arshad)

Twin bomb attacks on two buses of the Pakistan navy killed at least two navy officers and two other people in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, a navy spokesman said.

The spokesman said in a statement that 56 people, mostly navy personnel, were injured in the attacks in two different places.

Navy officer Sub-Lt. Muhammad Iqbal and a navy lady doctor Ms. Nadia were among those killed, the spokesman said.

A police officer, Raja Omar, said that both bombs were detonated through planted bombs exploded with the help of remote control or mobile device.

Police said that both buses were carrying employees of the navy buses to work when came under attacks. Police sources said that bombs were attached to motorcycles and were parked on the routes of the navy buses.

The first attack took place at Defense area of Karachi when a motorcycle exploded near the bus. The bus was carrying some 50 employees of the Pakistan Navy, a police officer said. Two navy officers were killed and 37 others were injured in the first blast, the navy spokesman said.

Another blast was reported in the navy bus in Baldia Town area of Karachi, killing two and injuring 19 others, the spokesman said.

The injured were transferred to the main navy hospital in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province. Locals also helped the authorities to shift the injured in their private vehicles to hospital.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. A police officer pointed finger at the suspected militants, who regularly claim responsibility for attacks on security forces.

Police and naval police arrived at the scene and collected the evidences. They kept journalists and cameramen from approaching the scenes.

Both buses were carrying private numbers due to security concerns. But the attacks show that the miscreants had prior information about the movement of the buses.
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