Bomb blasts kill 49 in Pakistan

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Bombings in three areas of Pakistan killed 49 people on Sunday, just as British Prime Minister David Cameron was in the capital of Islamabad pledging to help to fight extremism, the Associated Press reported.

Twin blasts near a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens, said Mir Zubair Mahmood, the city’s police chief.

Suspicion likely will fall on the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has carried out many of the attacks against Shiites in Baluchistan in recent years, the AP reported.

In the northwest, a car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the city of Peshawar, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens, police said.

Most of the dead and wounded were civilians, although nine paramilitary Frontier Corps troops were hurt, the AP reported.

A roadside bomb also struck an army convoy, killing four soldiers and wounding 20 other soldiers, in the North Waziristan tribal area, intelligence officials said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks in the northwest, but suspicion will fall on the Pakistani Taliban, the AP said.

Mr. Cameron is on a two-day visit to Pakistan to discuss the Afghan peace process with newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari.

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