Suicide bomber kills 25 during Muharram procession in Karachi

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Karachi, Dec 28 (ANI): At least 25 people were killed and scores of people wounded on Monday after a powerful blast ripped through the Karachi's main Muharram procession at MA Jinnah Road.

The blast struck the city's main Ashura procession near Tibet Center at MA Jinnah Road.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of mourning processions converged to Nishtar Park, from where they marched down the MA Jinnah Road. As the mourners reached the Tibet Center, a powerful blast took place.

The blast triggered stampede and panic among the participants of the procession. Some unknown armed men also fired shots, The News reports.

Fire broke out after the blast in Karachi, fanning thick smoke into the sky, and people were running in all directions.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik strongly condemned the blast and termed it a suicide attack. Malik said no Muslim could be involved in such heinous acts of terrorism.

MQM chief Altaf Hussian also called upon the people to maintain calm, The News reports.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, in their separate messages, have also strongly condemned the blast at main procession of Aushra in Karachi on Monday.

The President and the Prime Minister also ordered immediate inquiry and submission of report. They also ordered for provision of immediate best medical facilities to the injured. The two leaders also appealed to the masses to remain peaceful. (ANI)

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