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SLUG: 2-270804 Pak Blast DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=12/26/2000

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-270804

TITLE=PAKISTAN/BLAST (L-O)

BYLINE=AYAZ GUL

DATELINE=ISLAMABAD

CONTENT=

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INTRO: Security has been increased around Pakistan, following a series of bomb explosions, earlier this week. As Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad, officials have blamed neighboring India for Monday's three separate attacks, that wounded at least 40 people.

TEXT: Pakistani officials say investigations are continuing into the bomb attacks. They say some people have been detained in connection with the two explosions in central Punjab Province that caused most of the injuries.

Khalid Ranjah is the provincial law minister. He says security has been

increased in public places, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid-ul Fitr to

prevent further terrorist acts.

//RANJHA ACTUALITY//

The government has zero down (pinpointed) on some of the people who are involved in

these ventures of explosions. Some people have been rounded up already.

They are under investigation and we expect that we will be able to sort it

out in near future.

//END ACTUALITY//

Police is still clueless about the third bomb explosion. It injured six people on a bus in the southern Pakistani city, Hyderabad.

There has been no claim of responsibility for any of attacks. But Pakistan

authorities accuse neighboring India of sponsoring ongoing acts of terrorism. Both countries routinely blame each other for backing attacks across their borders.

Nearly 100 people have died in a series of unexplained and unresolved bomb

explosions in Pakistan this year. (SIGNED)

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