Bomb defused in Karachi, attack averted

A major attack was foiled here today when a 12 kilogramme bomb, planted near the headquarters of Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers, was found and defused.

Officials said a bomb disposal squad had defused an explosive device which weighed 12 kilogrammes and could have caused lot of havoc if detonated.

The device was found in a plot next to the Rangers' Sachal Wing headquarters near a highway.

Besides 12 kg of explosives, the bomb also carried ball bearings and was made in an oil canister.

A Rangers official said it is too early to comment on whether the bomb was intended to target the Rangers.

"We will wait till the investigation into the matter is completed," he said.
In the past, militants have targeted security forces and police installations in Pakistan's biggest city.

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