One killed, 13 injured in Karachi bombing: police
KARACHI: One person was killed and 13 injured in a bomb blast late Thursday in Karachi, police said, just two weeks after a suicide attack by a Pakistan separatist group killed four in the same city.
The explosion tore through the Saddar neighbourhood of Pakistan’s most populous city Karachi at around 10:52 pm.
“Initial investigation suggested that the explosive material was planted in a bicycle that was parked near a trash bin,” said local police station house officer Sajjad Khan.
The target of the attack was not immediately announced.
However Khan said a coast guard vehicle was among “several” damaged in the blast while the one person slain was a “passerby”.
According to DIG South, Sharjeel Kharal, one person was killed and 13 others were injured in the blast. The injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.
Rescue sources reported that, the deceased has been identified as Umar Siddique.
The family of the deceased said that Umar Siddique, who was killed in the blast, was employed at Jinnah Hospital and was a resident of Bizerta Line Karachi.
The explosive was planted in a bicycle:
According to reports, the explosive material was mounted on a bicycle. The blast contained about two and a half kilograms of explosives and mainly ball bearings were used.
DIG South has confirmed that the explosive material was planted in the bicycle and no institution or any specific vehicle was the target of the blast.
According to DIG South, two government officials were injured when their vehicle was hit by an explosion.
Hospital sources said, ball bearing wounds were found on the body of the deceased which proves that it was a bomb blast in which ball bearings were used.
Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon reached the site of the blast and told the media that according to the preliminary investigation, no specific target was targeted.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and sought a report on the incident from the Karachi commissioner and additional inspector general.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned the blast
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over the death of one person and injury of 13 others in Karachi blast.
Shahbaz Sharif in his statement said that he extended his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family of the deceased and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
He said that the people would work with the provincial governments to eradicate anti-peace elements.
The Prime Minister directed the Chief Minister Sindh to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have also condemned the blast in Saddar area of Karachi yesterday.
According to reports, PTI Chairman Imran Khan condemned the blast in Karachi and expressed regret over the loss of precious life and property.
On the other hand, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of life in the blast, directed the concerned authorities to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the tragic incident.
Karachi University Blast:
Last month a female suicide bomber killed four people, including three Chinese nationals, in an attack on a minibus carrying staff from a Beijing cultural programme at Karachi University.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) — a group fighting for independence in Pakistan’s largest and most impoverished province — claimed responsibility for the April 26 strike.
China has made massive energy and infrastructure investments in Balochistan under a $54 billion scheme known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
However the programme has put Chinese citizens in the crosshairs of Baloch separatists, who say local residents do not see their fair share of riches from natural resources in the region.
In April 2021 a suicide bomb attack at a luxury hotel hosting the Chinese ambassador in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, killed four and wounded dozens.
The ambassador was unhurt.
And this January Baloch separatists killed three and wounded 22 in a bombing on the eastern megacity of Lahore.
More widely, Pakistan has been witnessing an uptick in militant attacks.
The Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies said assaults rose by 24 percent between March and April.