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Twin bomb blasts in Pakistan kill at least seven

At least seven people including a child have been killed in twin blasts in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi.

Twin blasts have killed at least seven in Pakistan's Karachi.
Twin blasts have killed at least seven in Pakistan's Karachi. Credit: RTV

As well as the fatalities, around 28 people were injured as the bombs exploded outside a tea stall and a nearby caterer’s shop within a minute of each other, Pakistan newspaper The Express Tribune reported.

One of the victims is believed to be a child, with the explosions hitting a tea stall and a caterer's shop.
One of the victims is believed to be a child, with the explosions hitting a tea stall and a caterer's shop. Credit: RTV

Police officials said the blasts were caused by planted bombs, made from around three to four kilograms of explosive material and ball bearings.

Shops, cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blasts.
Shops, cars and a motorcycle were destroyed in the blasts. Credit: RTV

Car bomb kills dozens in Karachi

A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan, killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 149, a senior official told the Associated Press.

No one has taken responsibility for the bombing, that took place outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers in Pakistan's largest city.

Initial reports suggested the bomb was rigged to a motorcycle, but a police official told the Associated Press that an estimated 220 pounds of explosives was planted in a car.

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Pakistan factory fires claim 314 lives

Grieving women in Karachi
Grieving women wait for their relatives after the garment factory fire in Karachi. Credit: Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

At least 314 people have burnt to death as fire swept through factories in two cities in Pakistan.

A blaze at a garment factory in the capital of Karachi killed 289 people, many of whom had been lining up to collect their pay, officials said.

Relatives of the dead heaped blame on the government amid reports of blocked exits and safety breaches. The factory employed around 450 people.

The tragedy came on the same day at least 25 people were killed at a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, caused by a problem with a generator.

Karachi police chief: Children were trapped inside factory

Women and children were killed after being trapped inside a garment factory in Karachi when a blaze swept through the factory last night. Senior police official Amjad Farooqi said:

"There was only one way out, which they could not reach, to leave the building, that is why they also tried to jump from the windows, but the windows were also blocked through the grill, many women and many children, they got trapped inside."

Fire fighters 'searching for more victims'

Fire fighters in Karachi are searching for more victims in the rubble of a garment factory where more than a hundred workers died after being trapped in the blaze, which erupted last night.

Local media is reporting that around 150 employees were working at the time in one of the factory's three round-the-clock shifts, and that more than 110 bodies have been found so far.

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