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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 23:41 GMT 00:41 UK
In pictures: Karachi bombing

Site of the bomb blast in Karachi

The bomb went off as tens of thousands celebrated the Prophet Muhammad's birth in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

Police officers on stage are watched by hundreds of people

A suicide bomber is believed to have detonated his explosives on the wooden stage during evening prayers.

People gather the bodies of some of the victims

Influential Sunni Muslim leaders were among at least 47 people killed in the attack.

Pakistani men carry an injured victim towards help

Fellow worshippers rushed to aid at least 80 people who were wounded.

Ambulances arrive at the scene to take victims to the city's hospitals

Ambulances gathered at the scene as the city's hospitals were put on alert.

Pakistani men comfort each in Karachi

Survivors were distraught by the attack on their holy ritual in Karachi's historic Nishtar park.

People protest over the bombing

But shock turned to anger as crowds began accusing the police of failing to provide adequate security.

A passenger bus is set alight in Karachi

Dozens of vehicles were torched and security forces pelted with stones as protesters took to the streets.

A petrol station ablaze in Karachi

A petrol station was also set alight.

Pakistani paramilitary troops in Karachi

Paramilitary troops had to be brought in to control the situation, firing shots into the air to disperse the crowds.

Bomb carnage at Karachi prayers
11 Apr 06 |  South Asia


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