Two teenagers were killed, while eight others injured in an explosion in Pakistan’s Quaidabad, Karachi on Friday. The injured were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for treatment.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.
According to Karachi Police Chief Ameer Sheikh, some vendors at a makeshift market were carrying out their daily business deals near a flyover in Quaidabad when the blast took place.
Pakistan’s oldest, leading newspaper Dawn reports that JPMC Executive Director Dr Seemi Jamali had confirmed the death of two persons, saying they succumbed to injuries on their way to the hospital. She had said that the hospital received eight injured, of which three are in critical condition.
Both deceased were teenagers, one of them was identified as Papu Mushtaq, 16, while the identity of other deceased aged 18 years remained unknown, reported Dawn.
The injured have been identified as Rasheed, 18, Mushtaq, 22, Haq Nawaz, 55, Siddiq 55, Araslan, 35, Allah Ditta, 25, Qamar Abbas, 28, and Shahab, 26.
Soon after the attack, the law enforcement officials had cordoned off the area, collected evidence for an investigation into the incident to ascertain the nature of the blast.
DSP Malir City Ali Hassan also said that a cart belonging to a fruit vendor present near the DC office “had some unknown things present under it which exploded”.
He too could not confirm the cause of the blast but said that a Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) had been called to the site which was busy assessing another explosive device recovered from the site of the blast, said to be planted within a “tiffin box”, DawnNewsTV reported.
The surrounding area experienced a breakdown of electricity following the blast, which is yet to be restored, according to DawnNewsTV.