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Two killed, 13 injured as explosion rips through Karachi’s Saddar area


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KARACHI: At least two person was killed and thirteen were left injured in a blast that rocked the Saddar area of Karachi late Thursday night.  

According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Sharjeel Kharal, several cars were also damaged during the blast while the windows of the nearby buildings were shattered.

He added that the nature of the blast is currently being determined by the bomb disposal squad, while the injured have been shifted to the city’s Jinnah Hospital.

An emergency has been imposed in all public hospitals of Karachi, while sources at the Jinnah Hospital said that the condition of four individuals is serious.

Hospital sources added that the people brought to the hospital have sustained injuries caused by ball-bearings.

According to the initial report submitted to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah by the DIG South, an improvised explosive device (IED) was installed in a motorcycle. The blast occurred near the United Bakery.

Meanwhile, sources told Geo News that a vehicle belonging to the Coast Guard was targetted as the vehicle was parked near the site of the blast.

Sources added that all the individuals in the vehicle, as well as the driver, are safe.

On the other hand, DIG South said that no specific vehicle or institution was targetted in the blast.

Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, in a statement, condemned the blast and expressed grief over the loss of life. The PML-N leader also prayed for the early recovery of those injured.

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