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7 killed, 11 injured in blast in Pakistan

(Xinhua)

15:47, August 31, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and 11 others wounded when a powerful blast hit Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Wednesday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel ARY.

Over ten cars were also destroyed following the blast that occurred at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at a parking lot on the Alamdar road in the city, said local media reports, adding that nearby buildings were also partially damaged.

Police said that it was a remote-controlled bomb attack.

All the injured have been shifted to nearby hospital. At least two wounded people died later at hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

This is the first serious blast reported in Pakistan at the very beginning day of Eid, a festival celebrated by all Muslims after one month of fast, which is officially observed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.

Local watchers believed that more possible attacks could happen in the country during Eid. On Tuesday morning, two suicide bombers riding a motorcycle accidentally killed themselves when their motorcycle slipped on the way to an unknown suicide attack target in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.

Over the last week, several suicide attack attempts were reportedly foiled by police across the country.

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