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At least 13 killed, 24 hurt in bomb blast near Pakistan army HQ

Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

A police officer cordons off the site of a suicide blast in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Monday.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- An explosion killed at least 13 people and injured 24 others near the Pakistani army's headquarters early Monday, police and military officials said. 

Police said a suicide bomber on a bicycle unsuccessfully tried to flee when he was stopped for a security check but then detonated his explosives in Rawalpindi.

Military officials said the attack occurred at 8 a.m.  local time on Monday (10 p.m. ET Sunday). The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack came only a day after 20 army and paramilitary personnel were killed in a bomb blast in Bannu, in the northwest part of the country.



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