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One Dead In Attack On School in South Pakistan

An unknown number of assailants have opened fire at an elementary school in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing the school's principal.

The attack came as students, aged 5 to 10 years old, gathered to learn the results of their annual exams on March 30.

At least eight students were reported wounded in the gunfire.

"In 15 minutes [after the beginning of a prize-distribution ceremony], suddenly a man ran in firing," Attaur Rehman, a teacher injured in the attack, told journalists at the city hospital.

"We were all engrossed in the magic show. But as soon as the firing started, there was a stampede. I think [the attackers] also lobbed two hand grenades."

Police said the principal was a member of the Awami National Party, comprised mainly of Pashtuns from Pakistan's northwestern regions.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Karachi, a city of about 18 million people, has long been plagued by ethnic, political, and sectarian violence.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP

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