KARACHI – At least four persons including a woman were killed and over 20 others injured in a power explosion near a mosque here on Friday.
Police said that blast took place near a mosque in Delhi Colony area, killing at least four persons and injuring more than 20 others. Police and rescue personnel reached the scene of blast and shifted the dead and injured to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion occurred when people were leaving the mosques after offering Friday prayers. A huge plume of smoke was also visible above the area following the blast.
The loud explosion was heard in adjoining areas of Clifton, Gizri and several phases of Defence Housing Authority. Security personnel cordoned off the area and launched search operation after the incident. Talking to journalists at the blast site, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that three government vehicles – damaged in the attack – were the apparent target of the blast.
The blast shattered the windows of several nearby buildings, damaged motorcycles and completely destroyed a vehicle bearing a government number plate. DIG Khaliq Sheikh said that blast was carried out through a bomb planted on a motorcycle. Security personnel also reported to have taken two suspects into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.
No group or individual claimed responsibility for the incident which comes a day after police officer Shafiq Tanoli and three others were killed in an explosion near the vegetable market.