Pakistan bomb toll put at 23

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HYDERABAD (Reuter) - This southern Pakistani city was in mourning yesterday after two bombs killed 23 people and injured about 100.

The bombs ripped through two shopping centres in Hyderabad, the second city of troubled Sind province, on Saturday. The Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, described the bombings as 'acts of barbarism'.

Relatives buried most of the dead after funeral processions. Some bodies still lay in hospitals, which were crowded with people looking for the dead and injured. All the markets in this city of 1.3 million people were closed as a mark of respect for the dead.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks, and police said they did not know who had planted the bombs.