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President Zardari's security chief, 2 others killed in Karachi bombing

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:58PM GMT

A powerful explosion has rocked an area of the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, killing at least three people including the chief security guard of President Asif Ali Zardari, security sources say.

Bilal Shaikh and two others were killed in the blast, which took place near an office of President Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the volatile city on Wednesday, the daily Dawn newspaper reported.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Pakistani officials lay the blame on pro-Taliban militants who have carried out similar assaults in the past.

The deadly incident comes two weeks after a powerful bomb explosion struck the convoy of Maqbool Baqir, a senior judge at the High Court of Sindh Province, in Burns Road in Karachi on.

The fatal attack left at least 12 people dead. Police officers and passers-by were among the casualties.

Karachi has experienced a fresh spate of violence and targeted killings over the past few months.

Sectarian, political and ethnic violence in Karachi has killed hundreds of people in Pakistan’s main commercial hub so far this year.

Pakistan's top court has ordered the government law enforcement agencies to take immediate action against pro-Taliban militants in the country's largest city.

Militants have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani army.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called “war on terror.”

Thousands more have also been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy in the country.

JR/KA



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