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Bomb kills three people, wounds 14 in Pakistan's Karachi

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:05 AM
Pakistanis gather at the site of a bomb blast near a Shiite Muslim place of worship, in Karachi on November 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI (AFP) - A bomb explosion near a Shi'ite Muslim place of worship killed at least three people and wounded 14 others in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Sunday, police said.

The attack took place just two days after Pakistan beefed up security across the country to prevent sectarian violence between majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shi'ites at the start of the Muslim holy month of Muharram.

"The bomb was planted on a motorbike near a Shiites' imambargah in Abbas town area, which exploded with a big bang killing at least three people and wounding 14 others," senior local police official, Shahid Hayat, told AFP.

Another police official, Aslam Khan, confirmed the incident: "We had information about possible attacks by terrorists and this was confirmed during interrogation of terrorists whom we had recently arrested." Mr Khan said that a remote-controlled device had been used in the attack.

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