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``One of the victims died on the spot, while the other on way to hospital,'' said senior police official, Sheirdil Kharal. At least nine persons were wounded, he said.
Earlier, police said at least 15 persons were wounded in the explosion that badly damaged the bus.
Hyderabad is about 160 km north of Karachi, where there have been a series of bomb attacks this year blamed on Islamic militant groups.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Raouf Yousufzai described the blast as an act of terrorism. ``We have launched investigations,'' he said.
The bomb disposal squad officials said the explosion was caused by a crude device weighing at least half a kg.
The Pakistani extremist groups, opposed to the Government's support for U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan, have been blamed for a series of bomb attacks this year targeting Westerners, Christians, police and government officials. Reuters
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