Attack on police building in Karachi, Pakistan, kills at least 18 – By Karin Brulliard
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Gunmen and a vehicle bomber attacked a police building in the center of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, late Thursday, killing at least 18 people and injuring scores, officials said.
In what appeared to be a well-organized assault, about six militants opened fire on a criminal investigations office in Karachi’s “red zone,” a highly secured area that houses the provincial minister’s residence, elite hotels and the U.S. Consulate. That was followed by a massive truck bombing that was heard across the city and that reduced much of the police building to rubble.
Violence is common in the southern port city, which is riven by ethnic and sectarian rivalries. But large-scale bombings are rare ….
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