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16 killed in Pakistan blast

Pakistan, Nov 2 – A blast outside a four-star hotel in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi killed at least 16 people on Monday, rescue service personnel told AFP.

"Sixteen people were killed in the blast and another 17 wounded. The death toll may rise," an official said in Rawalpindi.

Another rescue service official put the death toll at 19.

The explosion in the Pakistan city of Rawalpindin was apparently caused by a suicide bomber, a police official added.

In further developments The United Nations has said it is withdrawing its international staff from northwestern Pakistan because of the security situation there.

"They will be relocated. Immediately," Ishrat Rizvi, a United Nations spokeswoman said.

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