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Bomb near mosque kills four in Karachi


KARACHI: A powerful bomb exploded near a mosque in Karachi on Friday, killing at least four people and wounding 30 others, officials said.The blast took place outside a local mosque in the city’s Delhi Colony, as worshippers were leaving after offering the Friday prayers.A passing convoy of vehicles, including a government car, was initially thought to have been the target, but provincial police chief Iqbal Mahmood said the theory had been discounted.Mazhar Mishwani, the senior investigating officer of the Crime Investigation Department, told AFP that the bomb might have been planted to target a bus, which routinely passes the road carrying Shias. Mishwani said the 10kg bomb was planted under the back seat of an auto-rickshaw.Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh, told reporters that the blast killed four people and wounded 30 others, five seriously. On Thursday, a senior policeman who had survived several assassination attempts was killed with three other people in a suicide attack in Karachi claimed by a Taliban faction.The government is in talks with the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group to end their bloody seven-year insurgency, but the Mohmand chapter which claimed Thursday’s attack has rejected the peace process. 

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