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Blast kills at least 20, official says

November 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A rescue official says at least 20 people have been killed in a blast in Rawalpindi. Nayyar Ali Babar says he saw at least 20 bodies and "a couple dozen" wounded people.

The explosion today occurred near a bank and a hotel not far from the army's main headquarters.

Suspected militants have struck repeatedly in recent weeks, killing about 250 people in apparent retaliation for an army offensive in South Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold.

Earlier, the foreign minister said the offensive should finish sooner than expected.

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