published Monday, March 4th, 2013

Death toll from Pakistan bombing jumps to 45

Pakistanis check the site of a bomb blast Sunday in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistani officials say a bomb blast has killed dozens of people in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in the southern city of Karachi.
Pakistanis check the site of a bomb blast Sunday in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistani officials say a bomb blast has killed dozens of people in a neighborhood dominated by Shiite Muslims in the southern city of Karachi.
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KARACHI, Pakistan — A Pakistani surgeon says the death toll from a massive car bombing in the southern port city of Karachi has jumped from 37 to 45 as more victims died overnight.

Dr. Jalil Qadir says that 146 people were also wounded in the Sunday evening explosion. At least 32 of them are still in serious condition.

The blast targeted members of the minority Shiite Muslim sect who were leaving a mosque when the bomb went off.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Sunni militant groups who do not consider Shiites to be true Muslims have carried out such attacks in the past.

The city shut down on Monday for a day of mourning.

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