Pakistani troops deploy in Karachi as violence continues - 13 April, 2006 - News

Pakistani troops deploy in Karachi as violence continues
Pakistani troops deploy in Karachi as violence continues

Pakistani troops deployed Thursday to the streets of Karachi to curb rioting and vandalism that flared in the southern city for a third day following a suicide bombing that killed 57 people at a Sunni Muslim prayer service.

The deployments, the first since Shiite-Sunni unrest in the early 1990s, took place hours before mass funerals were expected for three leaders of the moderate Sunni Tehrik group who were among the 57 people, including the suicide bomber, killed in Tuesday's attack, one of Pakistan's deadliest ever.

"We are deploying troops in the city at sensitive places and if needed the troops will help the civil administration in maintenance of peace and order," said Col. Idrees Malik, a Pakistan army spokesman in Karachi, reports the AP.

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