Raw: Deadly Blast Rocks Pakistan Neighborhood

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At least four people were killed and dozens wounded after a powerful bomb exploded in an upscale residential area outside of Karachi, Pakistan. (April 25)

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Karachi, Pakistan - April 25, 2014

1. Various of damaged auto rickshaw and debris on street

2. Mid of damaged motorcycle and debris

3. Various of armed security officer at the scene

4. Various of damaged government car

5. Wide of blast scene with onlookers and security personnel

6. Tight of injured man on stretcher being wheeled into hospital

7. Mid of men pushing covered body of blast victim on stretcher

8. Wide of bodies lying in mortuary surrounded by volunteers and family members

9. Tight of family members crying

STORYLINE:

A powerful bomb exploded on Friday in an upscale residential area of southern Pakistan, killing at least four people and wounding 25, authorities said.

The attack took place in the neighborhood of Clifton in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, according to police. The bomb badly damaged several vehicles and a nearby multi-story building. Ahmed Chinoy, the Chief of the Citizen Police Liaison Committee, said the incident was a suicide attack.

No one claimed responsibility, but the bombing was the latest in a series of gun and bomb attacks as the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to reach a peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban to end the violence that has killed thousands of people in recent years.

The attack took place a day after a bomb targeting prominent police officer Shafiq Tanoli exploded in another area of Karachi, killing the officer and three others.

The slain officer, who had survived several attempts on his life, was targeted for his active campaigning against militants.

Karachi is a hiding place for local and foreign militants.

Clashes between heavily armed ethnic and political groups are common there.

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