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Religious school bombing kills 5

September 20, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A bomb exploded at a religious school that police said was affiliated with a pro-Taliban political party, killing five people and injuring 10.

Quetta Police Chief Wazir Khan Nasir said investigators were trying to determine what kind of bomb went off and were questioning students and staff members. He said the school was run by Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Islam, a hard-line Islamist party that is part of Pakistan's coalition government, and had not been registered with authorities.

However, a local party leader denied any links to the school and suggested that the incident was staged to discredit religious learning centers, known as madrasas.

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