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Series of blasts rocks Pakistan, deaths reported.

| ISLAMABAD, Oct 30 (KUNA) -- As many as 33 low intensity blasts struck the southern Pakistani Sindh Province over the last 24 hours, and the victims included three policemen, said police on Wednesday.

According to police officials, blasts took place in different cities of the province including Hyderabad, Kotri, Larkana, Dadu, Naushero Feroz, and Khairpur. Unknown militants detonated two explosive devices and intermittent firing took place in Liberty Chowk, Qasimabad, and Hyder Chowk areas of Hyderabad, killing a policeman and injuring 2 others.

Three vehicles were torched by unknown militants in Hyderabad where seven attacks took place on Station Road, Jail Road, and other places of Dadu City. An explosive charge was hurled at Mehrabpur Police Station in Naushero Feroz but no loss of life was reported. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has taken note of the attacks and directed the authorities to arrest the culprits.

Provincial Police links the attacks with the strike called by banned group "JSMM" on Wednesday across Sindh against the new Ordinance approved by the government.

According to local media, shops and businesses remained closed and traffic in many major cities of the province remained blocked due to strikes.

Meanwhile in the north of the country, an explosion killed at least two Pakistani soldiers and wounded four others in the tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

According to senior security officials, a bomb targeting Pakistani soldiers in the South Waziristan tribal region killed at least two soldiers and wounded four others. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was planted by militants on the roadside in a village of South Waziristan, a security official told KUNA.

South Waziristan is one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and the northern Pakistani troubled province Khyber PakhtunKhwa (KPK).

According to local media reports, the militants attacked a security

forces vehicle with an IED as it passed by the village. Homemade bombs are a weapon of choice for militants who attack government forces in Pakistan's northwestern KPK province and the tribal districts.

The security forces cordoned off the area and carried a search operation. The wounded soldiers were shifted to the nearby military hospital. (end) sbk.wsa KUNA 301249 Oct 13NNNN

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Date:Oct 30, 2013
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