A bomb blast has killed as many as 25 people in the town of Hub in Southern Pakistan, close to the city of Karachi. It’s the first attack in the south of the country since the storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad last week. It is unclear if the carnage is retaliation for the attack on the Mosque or related to a long-running separatist movement in the region where Chinese workers are often the targets for violence.
In this incident police were escorting a group of Chinese engineers to Karachi when the device exploded, killing all seven officers. The engineers, travelling in front of the police van, were unharmed. The authorities are still investigating whether it was a remote-controlled bomb or a suicide attack.
Meanwhile, in the far North West, a car bomber blew himself up at a police training centre in the city of Hangu killing at least seven officers. President Pervez Musharraf says he has no intention of declaring a state of emergency to counter the growing insecurity and intends to go ahead with elections later this year.