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Karachi bus bomb attack injures 11

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A bomb detonated aboard a passenger bus in downtown Karachi, wounding 11 people, four of them seriously, police said.

The blast occurred at 9 p.m. Saturday (1600 GMT) as the bus, carrying around 30 people, moved through the city's business district.

It was the second explosion in Karachi in the past eight days. On September 19, an explosion on the top floor of an empty 10-story Karachi office complex shattered windows, but caused no casualties.

The same building, near the city's international airport, had been struck in July by an explosive placed outside the main entrance. That blast killed a security guard and another worker. Authorities called that incident an act of terrorism.

Saturday's blast came a day after Pakistani security agents arrested five suspected al Qaeda members in separate raids in Peshawar and Karachi.

A senior security agency officer told CNN that the men were planning to attack sensitive sites in Karachi, the country's largest city and commercial capital.

In the past week, Pakistani authorities have arrested more than a dozen foreign students in Karachi.

-- CNN Islamabad Bureau Chief Ash-har Quraishi and from CNN Producer Syed Mohsin contributed to this report


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