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A powerful bomb placed in a crate of grapes ripped through a crowded market today, killing 16 people and wounding at least 80 in Pakistan's capital, police said.

The blast was the deadliest of 40 bombings that have rocked Pakistani cities this year. The government has blamed archrival India for many of the attacks.

Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler, condemned today's "dastardly act of terrorism" but did not place blame.

The explosion occurred while workers were unloading the crates from a truck, witnesses said. The blast triggered a stampede of workers and shoppers from the city's largest fruit and vegetable market.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, and police were investigating.

The truck arrived from Kurram Agency in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, police said.

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