Islamabad market blast: 23 killed, dozens injured

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Islamabad: At least 23 persons were killed and scores of others injured in a huge explosion at a vegetable market in the Pakistani capital city Wednesday. Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a fruit box in the Sabzi Mandi area on border between the capital Islamabad and garrison city Rawalpindi. The box was one of many containing fruits that were brought from Burewala, Arifwala, and Pakpattan in Panjab province. Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital vice-chancellor Javed Akram said 23 people have died so far, scores of others injured, and the condition of nine persons is critical.

IANS