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Bomb injures seven paramilitary troops in Pakistan

The explosion took place in the neighborhood of Landhi, eastern Pakistan

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A bomb explosion wounded seven paramilitary ranger officials in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Thursday, officials said.

The incident took place in the city’s eastern neighborhood of Landhi, close to Gulshan-e-Buner area, which is said to be hiding militants.

“A roadside remote controlled bomb planted on a motorbike went off near a vehicle carrying 10 ranger officials, wounding seven of them,” senior local police official Faisal Noor told AFP.

He said condition of two injured officials was critical.

A local intelligence official also confirmed the incident.

Rangers are currently taking part in a joint operation with police in Karachi aimed at cleansing the city of terrorists and other hardcore criminals including hired killers, gun runners and drug peddlers.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 percent of Pakistan’s GDP, has been plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence for years.