Explosion, Karachi Maskan Roundabout, killed in explosion, Multi-storey building, Karachi Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Patel Hospital, injured in explosion,
At least five people have died and 15 others injured in an explosion in a multi-storey building near Maskan Chowrangi in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Wednesday, according to officials from the Edhi Foundation.
All injured and deceased have been taken to Patel Hospital, the officials added.
Footage shows the infrastructure of the building has been badly damaged. The blast is suspected to have taken place on the second floor of a building. Eyewitnesses reported that windows of nearby buildings as well as some vehicles were also damaged.
Nature of the blast has not yet been ascertained. However, Mubina Town police SHO said that it “seems to be a cylinder blast”, adding that the bomb disposal squad is arriving to verify the cause of the explosion.
Law enforcement agencies and rescue officials have reached the site. LEAs have cordoned off the area.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and directed the Karachi commissioner to submit a detailed report in this regard.
He also directed authorities to ensure medical treatment for those injured in the incident and expressed grief over the deaths reported.
Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar has also taken notice of the incident and directed the senior superintendent of police (SSP) East to “immediately submit” a report on the details of the blast and steps taken by the police.
PTI Minister Ali Zaidi offered “prayers and sympathies” to the victims of the blast. He called on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
A day earlier, five people were wounded when a bomb exploded at the entrance of a bus terminal near Sheerin Jinnah Colony.
Police investigators said it was an improvised explosive device (IED) that was planted at the gate of the terminal. According to them, a bicycle rigged with some explosive material [the IED] was parked at the site a little after 3:30pm. It blew up wounding five people.