Bomb Blast in Southern Pakistan Kills One, Wounds 13

A bomb blast in the southern city of Karachi killed at least one person and wounded 13 others on Thursday, Police in Pakistan reported.

An improvised explosive device planted on a motorcycle went off just before midnight in the city’s busiest commercial area, Saddar, said police and hospital officials. The victims were mostly passersby.

Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told local media an investigation into the attack was underway.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

Last month, a female suicide bomber killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from a Beijing cultural program at Karachi University.

The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a group fighting for independence in Pakistan’s largest and most impoverished province, claimed responsibility for the April 26 strike.

Pakistan has been witnessing an uptick in militant attacks. The Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies said assaults rose by 24 percent between March and April.

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