Car-bomb kills 17 at Pakistani filling station

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 4:39 PM
Car-bomb kills 17 at Pakistani filling station

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A car-bomb at a compressed natural gas filling station in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad Tuesday killed 17 people and wounded scores, police and city officials said.

The blast set off gas cylinders at the station and the explosion destroyed or severely damaged nearby buildings and numerous vehicles.

"An explosive-laden car was parked at the CNG station," Aftab Cheema, head of Faisalabad police, told reporters.

Many vehicles in Pakistan run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Senior city administration official Naseem Sadiq said 17 people had been killed and more than 100 wounded.

There was no claim of responsibility but the government is battling various militant factions including al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan has seen a wave of bombs in the past three years, many in the northwest near the border with Afghanistan, where the military is battling the Taliban insurgents.

The army says that several military offensives over the past two years have weakened the militants but bomb attacks are still common.

(Reporting by Augustine Anthony; Editing by Robert Birsel)