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2 Die in Pakistan Bus Explosion - 2002-12-21


In Pakistan, a bomb explosion on a bus has killed two people and injured at least eight others.

Pakistani police say the bomb went off on a passenger bus in the southern city of Hyderabad. There are no claims of responsibility for what officials are calling a terrorist act.

The attack comes as police in nearby Karachi detained four Islamic militants accused of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the city. Authorities say the suspects belong to an outlawed Islamic organization, Jaish-e-Mohammed, known for its links with the al-Qaida terrorist network. The group has also been linked to the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl early this year in Karachi.

In another development in the port city, relatives have identified the remains of a man, Asif Ramzi, suspected of involvement in Mr. Pearl's murder. Authorities in Karachi believe that Mr. Ramzi accidentally blew himself up while making bombs on Thursday.

A series of bomb attacks in the port city has killed dozens of people this year, including 11 French nationals. Pakistani authorities blame followers of al-Qaida and the Taleban for the violence.

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