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116 killed, 235 injured as four blasts rock Pakistan

By Zhang Qi, Misbah Sabah (Xinhua)

09:21, January 11, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 11 (Xinhua)-- Thursday marked a bloody day for Pakistan as four blasts rocked the country, leaving at least 116 people killed and 235 others injured.

Out of the four blasts, three hit Quetta, capital city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan Province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, while another hit a preaching center in the country's northwest district of Swat.

On Thursday afternoon, at about 3:50 p.m. local time, a bomb hit a checkpost of Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force in Pakistan, at the Bacha Khan area of the downtown Quetta, leaving at least 12 including a FC member killed and 50 others injured.

The injured include seven FC personnel and many kids and women.

The bomb was fixed under a chassis of a vehicle parked nearby the checkpost and an estimated 25 kg of explosives were used in the bomb, said bomb disposal squad officers.

The blast was so huge that it left a two-feet-deep and eight- feet-wide crater on the ground, said eyewitnesses.

At least 13 vehicles including two FC pickups were also destroyed in the blast. The explosion also caused serious damage to the nearby shops, offices and homes as the checkpost is set up at a densely populated area in the city.

About two hours later, there came a report saying a blast hit a preaching center in the Swat District in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The blast took place at about 5:40 p.m. local time inside a preaching center in Mingora, a small town in Swat District, which is some 115 kilometers northwest of the country's capital Islambad.

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