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One killed, 16 wounded in bomb blast in market near Pakistan army base

| Monday, Oct. 21, 2002

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — An explosion ripped through a market near a military base west of Islamabad on Sunday, killing a girl and injuring 16 other people, officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast in eastern Punjab province and police and Interior Ministry officials said they were not sure who was behind it.

The girl, whose age was undisclosed, died from her injuries after being taken to a hospital, officials said.

The state-run agency, the Associated Press of Pakistan, said the explosion was caused by a time bomb in a vegetable bag placed at the entrance to the Sunday Bazaar.

The market still was crowded with shoppers when the bomb went off about 5:30 p.m., police said.

The explosion occurred in Kamra, about 45 miles west of the capital Islamabad. The town is home to factories that produce defense equipment, including fighter planes.

Despite fierce opposition from hardline Islamic groups, Pakistan is a key supporter in the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

Pakistan's police recently accused rival India's spy agency of sending its agents to disrupt law and order here.

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