Pakistan Blast Kills 15 in Karachi

Gunmen stage attack on largest city, Karachi
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 11, 2010 2:40 PM CST

(Newser) – Militants attacked a police compound in the heart of Pakistan's largest city today with a hail of gunfire and a massive car bomb, leveling the building and killing at least 15 people. The gang of around six gunmen managed to penetrate a high-security area of Karachi that is home to the US Consulate, two luxury hotels, and the offices of regional leaders.

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While no stranger to extremist violence, Karachi has not witnessed this kind of organized assault in recent years. It was the first major attack against a government target outside the northwestern tribal regions for several months, showing the reach of Islamist militants seeking to overthrow the US-allied government despite efforts to crack down on them over the last three years. (Read more Karachi stories.)

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