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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

SLUG: 2-299153 Pakistan / Blast
DATE:
NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=2/3/03

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=PAKISTAN BLAST (S-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-299153

BYLINE=AYAZ GUL

DATELINE=ISLAMABAD

CONTENT=

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INTRO: A bomb explosion in Pakistan kills at least one person and injures several others. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.

TEXT: Authorities say the bomb went off in the parking area of a shopping center in the southern city of Karachi. The explosion could be heard for kilometers and smashed windows of nearby buildings. No one has taken responsibility, but the police chief, Kamal Shah, told reporters at the site that it could be an act of terrorism.

/// SHAH ACT ///

This was an explosive device planted in a motorbike. Fortunately, it has not caused a great loss of live.

/// END ACT ///

A series of bomb and other attacks have hit Karachi in recent months, killing dozens of people. Police have arrested scores of suspected Islamic extremists in connection with these attacks.

Pakistan is a key member in the U-S led global war on terrorism. Government officials blame militants linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network for the attacks in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and in other parts of the country. (Signed)

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