Many Dead in Karachi Gambling Club Explosion

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Jagajeet Chiba
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Pakistan Gambling Club Explosion

At least 16 people were killed and 40 others wounded after a bomb went off in one of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest gambling clubs Thursday night. 

According to CNN International, Raja Umar Khitab, a senior police official in Karachi, said the bomb was placed under a table at the club and consisted of at least 2 kg (about 4.5 pounds) of explosive material. The blast made a crater at the site, he added.

The explosion happened in the port city's Ghass Mandi section, police spokesman Muhammad Saleem said.

"We have received fourteen bodies so far and several more people are injured," Hamid Parihar, Karachi's police surgeon, told the BBC.

"It was a home-made bomb placed in a packet inside the club," senior government official Sharfuddin Memon told AFP.

Criminal gangs are believed to be behind the latest attack.  Over 700 people die a year in Karachi as a result of gang violence.

- Jagajeet Chiba,

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