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Old September 4, 2007, 04:47 AM
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Sad News again from Pakistan

Suicide bombers kill 24, wound 66, in Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Sept 4 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Two suicide bombers struck near the heart of the Pakistani military on Tuesday, killing 24 people and wounding 66, many of them Defence Ministry staff on their way to work in the city of Rawalpindi.

The blasts come at a time of rising militant violence and deepening political uncertainty in Pakistan, with the army chief and president, General Pervez Musharraf, preparing to try to secure a new term and his opponents vowing to end his rule.

The government dismissed speculation the blasts could lead to the declaration of an emergency and postponement of presidential and parliamentary elections due in coming weeks and months.

One bomb blew up a bus carrying Ministry of Defence staff, about a kilometre (half a mile) from the headquarters of the country's army, said military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad.

The second went off in a market area of Rawalpindi, the sister city of Islamabad where Musharraf and many other top military officials live and where Islamabad's international airport is located.

"Both were suicide bombings but I have no detail about how they were carried out," Arshad said.

Both went off at around 7.20 a.m. (0220 GMT).
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