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Explosion kills 5 in southern Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – At least five people were killed and eight wounded in an explosion in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, police said.

Security forces recovered a huge cache of explosives inside a cement factory in Sukkur city, less than 500 kilometers (310.6 miles) north of commercial capital Karachi.

An explosion occurred as the bomb disposal squad was trying to defuse it, Feroze Shah, the deputy police chief told reporters.

“A local who worked as a manager in the factory and eight security personnel were injured,” he said, adding that the injured have been shifted to a hospital.

Security forces have carried out nationwide counter-terror operations, ahead of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar which will start on Sept. 21.

By Islamuddin Sajid