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    Karzai to take up Kabul attack with Pakistan

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday visited those wounded in Tuesday's suicide attack on a Shiite shrine in Kabul, promising to take up the issue with Pakistan.

    At least 55 people, including an American citizen, were killed and 136 others wounded when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives among mourners at the Abul Fazl Shrine.

    An outlawed Pakistani militant group, Lashkar-i-Jhangavi, has claimed responsibility for the attack, which nearly coincided with a similar bombing in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

    The group was based in the neighbouring, Karzai said, adding:  "We will carefully investigate the issue and it with up the Pakistani government."

    Scrapping a planned visit to Britain in the wake of the unprecedented sectarian attack in the Afghan capital, the president return to Kabul.

    During a visit to the Emergency Hospital, where many of the wounded are under treatment, Karzai denounced the bombing as a "brazen attack on Islam, humanity and Afghanistan".