- DIG South says several cars were damaged.
- The injured were taken to Jinnah Hospital.
- Preliminary report reveals an explosive device planted in a bicycle.
Karachi: At least one person was killed and 13 others injured in an explosion that rocked the Sadar district of Karachi late Thursday night.
According to the Deputy Inspector General of Southern Shargil Kharal, several cars were damaged during the explosion, while the windows of neighboring buildings were shattered.
The managing director of Karachi, Murtaza Wahhab, visited Jinnah Hospital to meet the injured, where the director of the facility, Dr. Shahid Rasoul, briefed him on the treatment provided to the injured. Wahhab directed the hospital administration to provide the best medical care for the injured.
A state of emergency was imposed in all public hospitals in Karachi, while medical sources said that people who were taken to the hospital had injuries caused by balls. Kharal said that among the injured were government employees.
The deceased was identified as Omar Siddiqi, who worked in Jinnah Hospital as a trainee technician in the operating room.
Dr. Rasoul confirmed that seven wounded and one dead body were taken to the hospital, adding that the condition of one of the people is serious.
According to the initial report submitted to the Prime Minister, Sanad Murad Ali Shah, by DIG South, an explosive device was planted in a bicycle. The explosion occurred near United Bakery.
Meanwhile, sources said geo news A Coast Guard vehicle was targeted while it was standing near the site of the explosion.
The sources added that all the passengers of the car, as well as the driver, are fine.
On the other hand, DIG South said that no specific vehicle or establishment was targeted in the blast.
According to BDS officials, an explosive was planted in the bike rack and detonated with a timer.
“The bomb was locally made and used about 2 to 2.5 kilograms of explosive materials,” BDS said, adding that “the balls used in the explosive materials.”
Later, a BDS report stated that an improvised explosive device was used in the attack. She said the BDS team found 55 steel ball bearings and parts of the dual-cycle that had exploded.
The report added that at least seven cars and three motorcycles were damaged in the blast.
‘Officials will not surrender’
Meanwhile, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon arrived at the site of the blast and supported the Dubai Regional Centre, saying that no vehicle or establishment had been targeted.
He said there was no threat of an explosion in any particular location. In response to a question, he said that the explosion at Karachi University was a suicide bombing. However, it is too early to comment on whether the two have any links.
“Karachi is a crowded city and you stay up at night,” he said, adding that the capital’s population is around three million and thousands of cars pass through Sadar district, thus “checking all the cars is impossible.”
According to the initial investigation, no specific person, institution or vehicle was targeted. “Furthermore, none of the Coast Guard personnel was injured,” he said.
The regional minister said that terrorists have been captured in the past as well and those responsible for the incident “will not be extradited” either.
pour out convictions
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in his condolences to the family of the deceased, expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of precious lives.
He prayed for a speedy recovery to all those injured in the blast and directed CM Sindh to ensure proper medical facilities are provided to the injured.
Federal Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the blast, expressed his grief and offered his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased. He directed the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the accident.
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Hamzah Shahbaz, in a statement, condemned the blast expressing his grief over the loss of life. The leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
The movement’s leader, Imran Khan, also condemned the blast and sent his condolences to the family members of the deceased.
The MQM organizer Khaled Maqbool Seddiqi and Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel also condemned the blast.