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Two Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Karachi Attack

Pakistani soldiers carry the coffins of military policemen during their funeral in Karachi on December 1 following an attack by gunmen.

The Pakistani military says gunmen have shot dead two soldiers in the southern city of Karachi.

The two were shot on December 1 on a busy road in the center of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and financial hub. The killings follow an attack that killed four soldiers last month.

Pakistan's military said unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle fired on the soldiers.

Karachi, a metropolis of about 20 million people, is home to the stock exchange and central bank and is plagued by political, ethnic, and sectarian violence.

Security officials say many politicians in the city have links to violent gangs, operating like a mafia to maintain their hold on power.

Two years ago, the military launched a crackdown, targeting suspected militants and violent criminals.

Murders have sharply declined since the crackdown began, although violence is still common.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP