An improvised explosive device (IED) mounted on a motorcycle exploded late Thursday night in a bustling area of Sadar, killing one passerby and injuring at least nine others, officials said.
The explosion occurred in Saddar’s commercial area, which was still crowded at night with restaurants and eateries on Daud Pota Road near United Bakery, the city’s oldest.
Dr Summaiya Syed, an additional police surgeon at Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Center, said so far the bodies of three young men and nine injured, including three teenagers, have been taken to hospital. She said the condition of the two injured was “severe.”
The explosion caused significant damage to property, including vehicles, in the area. Video from the scene showed that a vehicle belonging to the Pakistan Coast Guard was also damaged in the explosion.
Police chief Mustaq Ahmed Mahar Sindh said an improvised explosive device (IED) was used against Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah.
According to preliminary investigation reports, the IED appears to be attached to the motorcycle, IGP said.
Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Nabi Memon said. Serb The nature of the explosion was being determined. He said it is “too early” to say whether the blasts were aimed at vehicles of the Pakistan Coast Guard. However, he said it was not a regular route for the Maritime Administration vehicle.
DIG-South Sharjeel Kharal told a media talk: “According to the information we have yet received, the device was powered off at 11:20 PM. At this time, we do not believe any agency or specific vehicle has been targeted.”
CM Sindh became aware of the incident and requested reports from the city police chief and the Karachi Commissioner while declaring a state of emergency for two nearby hospitals, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) and Karachi Civic Hospital.
The bomb disposal team and officials from the National Police Agency’s counter-terrorism division arrived at the explosion site to investigate.
According to Sindh IGP Mahar, “the investigation was going from every possible angle.”
Karachi administrator, lawyer Wahab, said police and other law enforcement agencies are evaluating the situation.
Manager Karachi, citing doctors from JPMC, said most of the injured were from “ball bearings.”
He said the terrorists wanted to destroy the peace in the big city, and he vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The PM directs Sindh CM to provide the best medical care to the injured.
Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif expressed his regret over the incident and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the wounded and directed CM Shah to provide them with the best medical care.
Working with local governments, the prime minister said “terrorism will be eradicated”.
Interior Minister Lana Sanaula was also aware of the incident and received a report from the Secretary-General and the IGP.
“The federal government will provide full support to the Sindh government for a comprehensive investigation into this incident,” he said.
Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Security Shazia Marri lamented that another “terrorist attack” had hit Karachi.
The incident occurred less than a month after a suicide bombing at the Confucius Institute at Karachi University killed three Chinese scholars and a local van driver. The outlaw Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Further reporting by Qazi Hasan