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Suicide blast in Karachi, one policeman dead
Three suicide bombers blew themselves up when they were challenged by police on the seafront.
Karachi: Three suicide bombers blew themselves up when they were challenged by police on the seafront in this southern Pakistani city on Wednesday, killing a policeman and injuring another, officials said.
The three terrorists were travelling in an explosives-laden van when police asked them to stop in Seaview area of Karachi at about 10 pm on Wednesday.
The men were killed when they detonated the explosives in the van, Superintendent of Police Tariq Dharejo told media.
"Police tried to stop the vehicle and they blew themselves up. The three men were killed and we have found weapons at the spot... One of the men was wearing a (suicide) vest," Dharejo said.
Two policemen, who were chasing the explosives-laden van, were wounded by the blast and one of them succumbed to his injuries, Sindh Home Manzoor Wasan said.
The blast occurred in an uninhabited area along the seafront located a short distance from a park and a restaurant.
"The policemen were chasing the Suzuki highroof and exchange of fire took place and after a chase the men in the car apparently detonated themselves resulting in the blast," an official said.
The bombers may have been planning to target a hotel or a 'mela' (fair) to be held in the area, officials said.
TV news channels said intelligence agencies had warned of a possible attack with an explosives-laden vehicle in Karachi.
Footage on television showed the body of one of the terrorists, a bearded man wearing a shalwar-kameez.
The bloodied body lay a short distance from the mangled debris of the van, which was destroyed by the blast.
This is the second suicide blast in the same area in Karachi. On September 19, terrorists rammed an explosive-laden truck into the residence of a senior police official of the anti-terrorism wing, killing eight people.
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