Fifteen Killed in Pakistan as Bombs Target Bus, Hospital

Islamabad, Pakistan – Two bomb blasts targeting a bus filled with Shiite Muslims and later a hospital in Karachi killed at least 15 people Friday in the latest outbreak of violence plaguing the troubled, nuclear-armed state.

The first attack occurred early in the afternoon in the heart of Karachi, when an explosives-laden motorcycle detonated near a bus taking Pakistani Shiites to a procession marking the end of the holy month of Muharram, Karachi police said. The explosion killed at least 12 people and injured 50, provincial health officials said.

Less than two hours later, at the Jinnah Hospital, where many of the injured from the first blast were taken, a second explosion rocked the parking lot adjacent to the hospital’s emergency ward. That blast killed at least three people and injured 20.

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