At least 33 people were killed and dozens injured in two separate bombings in Pakistan — one in the south and the other in the northwest region of the country. The blast in Hub, near Karachi, apparently targeted Chinese workers, according to the BBC, and officials were uncertain on Thursday whether the two incidents were related. Update: The BBC reported later on Thursday that three separate bombings occurred that day and that the death toll had climbed past 40.


Attacks in the North-West Frontier Province are becoming a daily occurrence, with more than 100 people killed in the past week.

The upsurge in violence began after troops stormed the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad, following a week-long stand off with Islamist militants.

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