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Explosion in Pakistan's Hyderabad kills 18

06-28-2010 17:22 BJT

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A powerful blast killed at least 18 people and injured dozens more in southern Pakistani city of Hyderabad.

Police say the blast occurred in a truck loaded with gas cylinders parked at a truck stand. The blast destroyed shops, hotels, two trucks and a nearby mosque.

The nature of the blast is not clear yet, but some eyewitnesses say a gas cylinder or chemicals on the vehicle might have been the cause. Police officers say a preliminary investigation suggests it was not an act of terrorism, but they did not reject the possibility.

At least 18 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a chemical tanker explosion near Halanaka area of Hyderabad today.
At least 18 people have been killed and 40 others injured in a chemical 
tanker explosion near Halanaka area of Hyderabad today.

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