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Car bomb outside KFC in Karachi kills 2 - police

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KARACHI (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside a KFC fast-food restaurant in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding about 15, some critically, police and doctors said.

 

A government spokesman said information was still coming in from the scene, and the death toll was unclear. Some of the wounded suffered severe burns, hospital doctors and police said.

 

The car bomb exploded outside a KFC outlet in central Karachi just before 9 a.m. local time (0400 GMT), gutting the restaurant and shattering the windows of a nearby six-storey office block housing several oil and gas exploration firms.

 

"This is an act of terrorism and apparently the KFC was the target," Manzoor Mughal, chief of investigation for Karachi police, told Reuters. "Our initial findings were that an explosive was placed inside a car."

 

The restaurant was closed at the time of the blast.

 

"We have two confirmed deaths. Initially there were reports that four to six people were killed in the blast but luckily only two people were killed," Mughal said, adding the two killed were security guards for Muslim Commercial Bank.

 

An ambulance crew member for the Edhi Foundation, Pakistan's largest charity, told Reuters six bodies had been taken to hospital, but doctors there said only two were dead, though six of the casualties admitted were in a critical condition.

 

Two other KFC restaurants, a Pakistani franchise of the global food chain owned by YUM Brands Inc , have been the targets of attacks in Karachi in recent months.

 

Militant groups, some linked to al Qaeda, have been blamed for several bombings targeting U.S. and Western interests in the city in recent years.

 

President Pervez Musharraf ordered a crackdown in July on militant groups, particularly those fuelling hatred between Pakistan's majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shi'ites.

 

Some Sunni militant groups have forged ties with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

A senior officer in the police bomb-disposal squad said the bomb had been locally made, weighed around five k.g. (10 lbs), and was detonated by a timing device.

 

Police said there were casualties in and outside the office block. Some had severe burns.

 

"I thought it was earthquake and then I became unconscious," said injured security guard Hassan Ali, being treated in hospital for head injuries and bandaged over his left eye.

 

Some banks on the ground floor of the office building also felt the force of the blast, which blew other cars on the road to pieces. Tenants of the building include Pakistan Petroleum Ltd (PPL).

 

Another KFC restaurant and a McDonald's outlet came under attack in September in Karachi. Two bombs exploded within minutes of each other at the two fast-food franchises, injuring at least two people, police said.

 

In May, six KFC employees were burned to death when their restaurant was torched by a mob during an outbreak of Muslim sectarian violence, which has plagued the city for years.

 

 

amazing, KFC and MCD's in KARACHI! proving again, fast food can go anywhere it wants. Fast food is the new british empire.

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dude, as well travelled as YOU are?

you must know thaty crap is everywhere.

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i know fast food goes places, but i guess karachi just shocked me for some reason....

im going back to cuba, no usa anywhere except for bad florida marlins hats and nikes from the 90s and 80s. ill make a killing selling them to hipsters.

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I went to Wimpy in delhi. There was an armed doorman and they only served Buffalo burger due to their holy cow worship.

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see what I mean? can't even get a burger because of the "holy cow" .....and they call me crazy??

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I like how everyone's much more interested in fast food franchises than cops being blown the fuck up.

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