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Car bomb injures 21 outside Pakistani paramilitary building

From Shaan Khan, CNN
updated 8:37 AM EST, Thu November 8, 2012
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a government paramilitary base in Karachi on November 8.
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a government paramilitary base in Karachi on November 8.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The truck had more than 220 pounds of explosives
  • Rangers are a paramilitary force in the Pakistani army

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A truck laden with explosives rammed into the wall of a paramilitary complex in Pakistan on Thursday and detonated, a military spokesman said.

The blast in Karachi injured 21 -- three critically -- and damaged the wall of a Rangers housing complex, said Maj. Bilal Farooq. No deaths were reported.

Farooq condemned the attack as a "cowardly act."

The truck had more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of explosive material, said Karachi police spokesman Javed Odho.

The Rangers are a paramilitary force in the Pakistani army often assigned to security detail in conflict regions.

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