Pakistan: 7 killed in Sukkur security agencies attack (UPDATES)



Pakistan soldiers patrol a street in Karachi on May 8, 2013.


Asif Hassan

Seven people have been killed and more than 30 wounded in a bomb attack on several security agency buildings in the town of Sukkur, in Sindh province.

Most of those killed are said to be attackers, BBC News reported.

"A total of seven people were killed and several injured," Major General Rizwan Akhtar, head of the paramilitary force, Sindh Rangers, told Agence France-Presse. "The dead included three attackers, two suicide bombers and two others."

Four bombs exploded near the heavily guarded compound containing offices and homes of Inter-Services Intelligence, police and paramilitary officials late Wednesday, as people broke their Ramadan fast at sundown.

Up to ten gunmen then rushed into the compound, setting one building on fire and seizing control of another, Pakistan’s PTV reported. The roof of a third building reportedly collapsed, trapping office-workers.

"Armed people have attacked. Apparently it is an organized terrorist attack, we have sent heavy contingent of police to the site," Javed Odho, a senior police officer, told Agence France-Presse.

Rescuers took 35 to 40 injured people to hospitals, Mohammed Urif, in charge of ambulance services, told CNN. At least 10 to 12 of them were critically wounded.

No group has taken credit for the attack yet, but the Taliban has claimed previous high-profile operations like this, Reuters reported.

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