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Explosion in Pakistan: Five people die – President as target of bomb attack?

Shortly after a convoy carrying President Arif Alvi drives through Sibi, Pakistan, a bomb explodes. Five people are killed in the attack.

Islamabad – A bomb attack in Pakistan has killed at least five people and injured 28 others. The bomb exploded near a police car shortly after a convoy with Pakistani President Arif Alvi drove through the location in the city of Sibi on Tuesday (March 8th, 2022), a local police officer told the German Press Agency. Alvi was in town to attend a cultural event. It was unclear on Tuesday afternoon whether the President was the target of the attack.

Attacks in Pakistan have increased since the militant Islamist Taliban took power in neighboring Afghanistan. In particular, the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) and the Pakistani Taliban claim attacks for themselves. It is not yet clear who is behind the bomb in Sibi.

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