Islamabad, Aug 7 (EFE).- At least nine children died in the wee hours of Wednesday when a bomb exploded at the exit gate of a soccer game in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a police official told Efe.
The attack, which wounded about 20 people, came in the residential neighborhood of Lyari when a motorcycle bomb was detonated by remote control as the spectators were leaving the stadium, police official Salim Marwat said.
"Specifically, the children who died were between 10 and 13 years of age and they were playing soccer on a street by the stadium when the bomb exploded near them," Marwat told Efe, adding that the attack occurred at 2 a.m. (2100 GMT on Tuesday).
Some local media reported that the death toll was 11.
Another Karachi police official, Tariq Dharejo, told local channel Geo that the target of the attack, responsibility for which has not yet been claimed, was a member of the regional cabinet, Javed Nagori, who was uninjured.
The attack came after four other explosions went off, but produced no casualties, at various points around Karachi, the country's most populous city with some 20 million residents.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, "energetically" condemned the attacks in Karachi in a communique.
The financial capital of the country, Karachi is also the Pakistani urban area with the highest rate of violent deaths.
To organized crime with a political backdrop can be added the recurring sectarian violence that regularly hits the country's religious minorities, almost all of whom are represented in the city's various neighborhoods.