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9 dead, judge injured in Karachi explosion

9 dead, judge injured in Karachi explosion

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Jun 26, 2013 - 12:32

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Nine people were killed and 15 others, including a high court judge and three policemen, injured in an explosion in Pakistaninfo-icon's port city of Karachi on Wednesday, official said.

The blast happened on Burns Road targetted a convoy of Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nasir Aftab told reporters at the scene.

Seven policemen, a paramilitary soldier and the judge's driver were among the fatalities, Aftab said, adding Justice Baqar was evacuated to a private hospital in critical condition.

Lawyers, meanwhile, announced a boycott of court proceedings across the province against the bombing, which was claimed by the proscribed Tehreek-i-Talibaninfo-icon Pakistan.

Baqar, having served as a special anti-terrorism court judge, had received threats from insurgents. He was known for handing swift verdicts in cases in terrorists.

Police said the explosive device, tied to a motorbike that was parked near a mosqueinfo-icon, exploded as soon as the convoy passed by. Three police mobile vans and two motorcycles were damaged as a result of the heavy explosion.

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