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Blast kills 12 Pakistani commandos

KARACHI — A parked car bomb targeting Pakistan’s elite police commando force killed at least 12 officers and wounded 55 people in the southern city of Karachi on Thursday, police said, raising doubts about the success of an ongoing peace process with the Pakistani Taliban.

Hours after the attack, Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the bombing, which took place as a bus with the officers was leaving a training complex.

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As the bus drove by a parked van, the van exploded, said police officer Rao Anwaar. Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat said the initial investigation suggested there was a remotely-detonated bomb on the van.

Nearly 50 officers on board the bus were from the Rapid Response Force, a special anti-terrorist police squad, Anwaar said. Most of the wounded also were officers on the bus.

Pakistani TV channels showed the blast scene littered with broken glass and pieces of vehicles scattered around.

The Taliban spokesman said the militants carried out the bombing to avenge the killing of their associates at the hands of police and paramilitary rangers.

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