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Suicide bombs rock Pakistani city
by BBC (reposted)
Thursday Dec 13th, 2007 7:06 AM
Thursday, December 13, 2007 : At least eight people including five soldiers die in two suicide bombs in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say.
Emergency personnel at the scene of the blasts told the BBC that 18 people have been injured.

They said the bombs went off near two checkpoints close to a military area on the outskirts of the city.

Officials say many of the injured are in a critical condition and are being taken to hospital.

Bombings and shootings

"A suicide bomber blew himself up at the check post and a little later, when some civilian vehicles gathered at the spot, another suicide bomber blew himself up," military spokesman Maj Gen Waheed Arshad said.

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"This is the first time that a suicide attack has taken place in this part of the city," he told a private television channel. "There were two people involved in the attack."

Maj Gen Arshad said that the bodies of the bombers have been recovered.

Officials say the area has now been sealed off by the security forces.

Correspondents say it is not clear who is behind the attacks, which come just two days before President Musharraf is due to lift the state of emergency which he imposed last month.

The president argued the measure was in part necessary to curb Islamic militancy which he said was destabilising Pakistan.

The army has been frequently targeted in suicide attacks since July, when President Musharraf ordered troops to raid the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad that had been occupied by militants.

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