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Pakistan Bombs Kill 2, Injure 24

March 31, 1998

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) _ Bombs exploded at an ice cream parlor and a shopping mall in the southern city of Karachi today, killing two people and injuring 24, police said.

No one claimed responsibility for the two bombs, the latest in a series of attacks that have rocked Karachi, Pakistan’s financial center.

The first bomb exploded in the ice cream shop soon after it opened, killing one person, injuring 12 and destroying the shop. Police said it was a timed device.

Twenty minutes later, a second explosion ripped through a shopping mall about a mile away, killing one person and injuring 12. Police said that bomb was planted under a vendor’s cart outside.

Many shops were damaged, but casualties were limited because most businesses had not yet opened.

Last month, two bombs exploded in a market in Karachi, killing at least eight people.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused neighboring India of being involved in bombings in Pakistan. India denies it.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars in the last 50 years.

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