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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 September 2005, 21:41 GMT 22:41 UK
Bombs hit Karachi fast food sites
KFC restaurant burned down in May 2005
Fast food restaurants are visible Western symbols in Pakistan
Bombs have exploded in two fast food restaurants in the Pakistani city of Karachi, injuring several people.

The explosions rocked a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) branch in an upmarket residential area, and a McDonald's outlet on the Karachi seafront.

Several families were eating inside the KFC restaurant at the time of the attack, which caused minor damage.

In May protesters set fire to a KFC outlet, killing six people, after an attack on a Shia mosque killed five.

Home-made

The bomb inside KFC shattered glass across the restaurant and blew a hole in a concrete floor.

There were no reports of serious injuries but several people were treated for cuts from flying glass, a police spokesman said.

Eight minutes later a second device went off outside the McDonald's restaurant on Karachi's seafront, where some 80 people were dining.

There was panic but no reports of casualties.

Karachi police chief Tariq Jamil described the bombs as "home-made, low intensity devices".

The city has been the scene of several other attacks blamed on Islamic extremists opposed to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Western interests in the region.


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