One dead, 16 injured in Karachi Boulton Market Blast
A blast ripped through Karachi’s crowded Bolton Market in Kharadar on Monday evening, leaving one woman dead and nearly a dozen people, including three police officers wounded.
According to initial reports, the blast took place at Iqbal Cloth Market near Memon Mosque in the jurisdiction of Kharadar police station.
An improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a motorcycle. The police mobile of Kharadar police station was destroyed in the blast.
The deceased woman was travelling in a rickshaw with her child when the blast occurred, the police said, adding that all the injured had been shifted to a nearby hospital.
Officials said that a police mobile was targeted in the blast. Three personnel including ASI were injured in the blast. The driver of the police mobile remained safe.
The blast damaged several motorcycles and a police van on the spot.
Talking to media, Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) South DIG Sharjeel Kharal said he had a conversation with the driver of the vehicle, who escaped the blast unscathed and he confirmed that the bomb detonated as the mobile reached the point.
Not possible to deploy police on every inch: Saeed Ghani
Provincial Minister Saeed Ghani while talking to the media at the site of the blast said that terrorist incidents were taking place in different parts of the country. This is a challenge not only to the Sindh government, but to all governments. It is not possible to keep an eye on every person in every street in such a big city.
Saeed Ghani said that political instability benefits the evil forces, it is not possible to deploy police at every inch.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the attack:
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has condemned the Karachi blast and expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured.
The Premier has directed immediate arrest of the elements involved in the Karachi blast and assured full support from the federation to the Sindh government.
In his statement, the PM Shahbaz said that security arrangements should be improved in all the provinces to ensure protection of life and property of the people.
The Prime Minister also directed the Chief Minister Sindh to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
Wave of terrorism in Karachi
Notably, Karachi has been a target of terrorism in recent times. The first blast in recent days took place inside Karachi University on April 26, in which four people were killed including three Chinese nationals.
Later, on May 12, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded on Dawood Puta Road in the Saddar area of Karachi, killed one person and injured several others.