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    Children wore among the liz ??? killed in Karachi last week (7-8 December) when Indian?

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    Children wore among the liz ??? killed in Karachi last week (7-8 December) when Indian aircraft bombed the city and harbour, ??? Pakistan reported shot a merchant ship in the harbour had been sunk in the seventh raid since the all-out war began.

    Indian aircraft struck at Karachi, Pakistan's second largest city, in a missile and air attack which also set a second ship ablaze and severely damaged a third, a foreign vessel.

    Among the buildings bombed in the city itself were schools, a maternity home and a masque.

    SYNOPSIS: A smoke pall over Karachi after an over-night raid by Indian aircraft which, according to a Pakistani Government source, Killed 112 people. The bombs and missiles fall in a teaming refugee ??? inhabited meetly by Moslems. Pakistan ??? said that a merchant vessel in the harbour had been sunk in the raid and that another ship had been badly damaged.

    Rescue workers hacked their way through a mountain of rubble in an attempt to free people still trapped under the ruins of what had once been a six-storey building housing six families.

    Small children were killed in the raid and their bodies were placed in rows while civil defence workers continued to look for trapped people. Hundreds were injured by bomb and missile attacks, and the full extent of the damage was not known until days after. Early in the night raid, a petroleum storage tank near the harbour was set on fire and vehicles parked near the docks had been destroyed. The radio report which gave the news of the attack also claimed that the Pakistani forces were making further advances in Kashmir and in the Lahore and Sialket sectors, inflicting heavy casualties on the Indian troops.

    A mosque in the suburbs of Karachi was also badly damaged in the air attack. It has been claimed that people were inside the building at prayers when the aircraft arrived over the city, and the bodies of dead children were laid outside the gates to add weight to the claim.

    In a street only a few yards (kms) away, a maternity home was hit, Civil defence workers managed to rescue most of the patients although some are still missing.

    A local college, although empty of students, was severely damaged. Only hours before the raid, the school theatre had been crowded with pupils and rescue workers found debris and bomb fragments imbedded in the walls. People living close to the school were not so lucky -- some were killed and many, including children, were maimed by the blast.

    The day after the attack, people were leaving the city in increasing numbers. It was the worst raid on Karachi since the confrontation between India and Pakistan escalated to all-out war. The dead could not be accounted for and the damage could not be estimated, so many of the people were moving out to look for another, safer, place to live.

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