Car bomb hits Karachi restaurant

AT LEAST two people have been killed and 15 others wounded as a car bomb detonated outside a fast-food restaurant in Karachi, southern Pakistan.

The bomb, hidden in a car parked outside the restaurant, exploded in the crowded business area near two luxury hotels at 8.40am (3.40am GMT) during rush hour, and was detonated by remote control. Police said the explosion ripped through the front of the KFC outlet and burned several vehicles on the street.

Pakistan Information Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, condemned the bombing, calling it the work of the “enemies of Pakistan”. It comes as a court in Karachi was due to hear an appeal against the death sentence for Sheikh Omar, convicted of the kidnapping and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl.