Explosion in Karachi. On Tuesday, a minimum of five individuals were killed and 20 others were wounded in an explosion near Maskan Chowrangi, a town in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal district.
Security services barricaded the place off and moved the patients to a medical facility. Seven of the wounded persons are in intensive care.
Explosion in Karachi
The explosion took place in a four-storey housing complex, according to emergency services, and was heard in several locations of the coastal city. There is an unclear cause of the blast and police authorities are reviewing the case.
Representatives confirmed that two storeys have indeed been damaged beyond repair and as they sift through the debris, expect fatalities may rise.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took note of the blast and asked the Karachi commissioner for a thorough account of the incident. The chief minister also ordered the administration to provide all the wounded with urgent medical assistance.
He also shared immense sadness at the loss of innocent life, a spokesperson said.
Safety and emergency personnel are standing in the middle of the broken building.
While talking to the press, Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani said that the origin of the explosion could only be known after an investigation and added that the building would have to be demolished to cause the damage.
Provincial Education Minister Saeed Ghani also visited the incident site and said an inquiry would ascertain the cause of the explosion.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the PPP, also expressed sorrow over the loss of lives, a statement from the party said.
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PTI’s Ali Zaidi offered the victims of the explosion “prayers and sympathies” and called on the authorities to perform a comprehensive investigation of the incident.
The explosion comes a day after six people were wounded by a bomb blast in Karachi’s Shireen Jinnah Colony. A motorcycle parked outside a tyre shop near the bus terminal was fitted with an explosive device.
Raja Umar Khattab, head of the CTD, said that the bomb weighed about one kilogramme and was mounted in the seat of the car. It had been made locally and featured ball bearings.
Due to the ball bearings in the blast, two pedestrians and four passengers on a bus parked in the terminal were seriously wounded.