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Bomb in Pakistan kills 52, injures 200: police

Published on Feb 17, 2013 1:10 AM

QUETTA (AFP) - A remote-controlled bomb targeting Shiite Muslims killed 52 people including women and children, and wounded 200 in Pakistan's insurgency-hit southwest on Saturday, police and officials said.

The bomb exploded in a bazaar in Hazara town, an area dominated by Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province.

"The death toll is increasing. At least 52 people were killed in the bomb blast," senior police officer Fayaz Ahmad said.

Colonel Maqbool Ahmad, commandant of paramilitary group Frontier Corps Quetta, confirmed the new toll and warned that it could rise.

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