ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Two bombs ripped through a Pakistani army bus and a commercial district in a city near the capital today, killing at least 24 people, the army said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions. Officials suggested the bombings were the work of Islamic militants.
The first bomb exploded on the bus early today as it traveled through Rawalpindi, a garrison city about seven miles south of Islamabad.
Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said the bus belonged to the Ministry of Defense, and police said many of the victims were soldiers.
As ambulances transported victims from the bus blast, a second bomb on a motorcycle went off in one of Rawalpindi’s commercial districts, killing several more people.