Raw: Deadly Bombing at Pakistan Market

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A bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Wednesday morning. (April 9)

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Islamabad, Pakistan - April 9, 2014

1. Mid of police around scene at fruit and vegetable market where blast occurred

2. Close-up of hole on ground due to blast

3. Blast scene, paramilitary soldier in foreground

4. Blood stain on ground, fruit scattered in background

5. Policeman collecting evidence, fruit scattered on ground

6. Wide of scene, ambulances, police, rescue workers gathered

8. Fruit and blood

9. Pan of scene with police collecting evidence

10. Wide of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences

11. Various of grieving relatives of those who were killed in the blast

12. Relatives grieving

STORYLINE:

A bomb ripped through a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Wednesday morning, killing at least 18 people and leaving dozens more wounded, officials said.

The death toll was likely to rise, according to a spokeswoman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences where the dead and wounded were taken.

She said that the hospital had received 18 dead bodies and had reports from police that more dead bodies were on the way.

The hospital was also treating 50 people who were wounded, she said.

The bomb went off as morning shoppers were buying supplies at the market.

The blast sent cartons of fruit and vegetables flying, and television footage from the scene showed blood stains on the ground, next to stray shoes and prayer caps.

The market is on the outskirts of Islamabad, near a makeshift camp for people displaced from fighting in Pakistan's northwest, as well as refugees from Afghanistan.

The approximately five kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives were hidden in a fruit carton, according to a police official.

While large bombings happen frequently in Pakistani cities, such as the northwestern city of Peshawar or the southern port city of Karachi, they are relatively rare in the capital, which is home to diplomats, generals and top government officials.

Police and officers from the bomb disposal squad were scanning the area for more devices.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and the Pakistani Taliban in a statement emailed to reporters denied responsibility for the attack.

The militant group said they were sticking to a previously agreed-to ceasefire.

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