KARACHI: One of the injured suspects from Saturday's Patel Para blast in Karachi told investigators that the home-made explosive device was being prepared to target a Yaum-e-Ali procession, DawnNews reported.

The wounded suspect who was in police custody also confessed that the one of the persons who had died in the accidental explosion was an expert bomb-maker and an important member of a proscribed religious organisation.

He added that the bomb-maker had been picked up by security personnel six months back.

The suspect further said that the bomb which went off accidentally on Saturday was being prepared to target a Yaum-e-Ali procession.

At least four people were killed and several others, including a senior government official, were injured when two separate blasts shook Karachi Saturday evening.

The first explosion took place shortly before sundown near Esa Nagri graveyard in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, close to the busy Hasan Square area.

Police said the bomb targeted the government vehicle of KMC Metropolitan Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan after he left his office at Civic Centre for home almost an hour before sunset. Initially the police described the incident as a grenade attack, but the impact of the explosion forced them to change their opinion.

“Apparently the bomb was planted in a motorcycle, eight people have been injured, condition of some of them is critical,” said Nasir Lodhi, a senior police official in Karachi.

The explosion was so powerful that it destroyed the double-cabin vehicle of Mr Khan and three stationary motorcycles, damaged two rickshaws and smashed windowpanes of several flats.

Other than Mr Khan, the blast left three other people injured. They were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital. They included his guard, constable Sohail Anjum Siddiqi, who suffered head injuries and died in hospital, an official said.

Lodhi said the senior government official was the target “but motives and causes of the attack are yet to be investigated.”

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad later sought a report from the Inspector General of Sindh Police, who formed a team headed by the DIG Police East to investigate the incident.

While police were busy collecting evidence from the scene, another explosion inside a flat in Patel Para left three people dead and one injured. Police said the blast occurred on the third floor of a three-storey building, which was rented out only four days ago.

“The three-storey structure has been built on a 60-yard plot in a narrow street,” said SP Raja Umer Khattab of the CID’s counter-terrorism unit. “It seems that the blast occurred when explosive material also containing ball bearings was mishandled by the people in the flat.

Evidence gathered from the site suggested the three suspected terrorists were apparently killed when a bomb they were making accidentally exploded.

Police took into custody the injured man for further interrogation.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people, contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP but is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

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July 20, 2013 8:26 pm

HUH........things are going on nobody to take action!

Zafar Iqbal
July 21, 2013 12:04 am

People who are doing this should be convicted and shot

July 21, 2013 4:08 am

"Karachi, a city of 18 million people, contributes 42 percent of Pakistan's GDP but is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence"

A good reminder.

July 21, 2013 5:36 am

I think all sense able Pakistanis should considering investing in Dubai. It looks like Pakistan will only be going downhill. Imagine living in a country where there is no security, no jobs, no law and order.

July 21, 2013 6:41 am

foreign agents in every muslim country crusaders keep an eye on foreign religeous places

Gerry D'Cunha
July 21, 2013 3:15 pm

bomb blast and killings go hand in hand in this holy month of ramzan - don't blame the non-muslims? its your own muslims killing their own brothers in this holy month - reviving islamic history

July 21, 2013 4:08 pm

Thanks Allah that the terrorist got killed before attempting to kill others. I fail to understand that even with so many arrest of key terrorist and the information the police extracted, the government still cannot control the terrorism. As confessed by one of the injured terrorist, the expert bomb maker was arrested 6 months before so how come he was released. Something really bad is going on.

July 21, 2013 5:37 pm

May many more of those terrorists reach their rightful places in such accidental blasts by the grace of God. May their evil and inhuman aims be completely subverted. May they be bombed by whoever and whatever means and lose their lives even before they have taken the first lives of innocents of any sect or faith or nationality.

July 21, 2013 5:50 pm

Why can't you name the names of the Banned Organizations involved?

July 21, 2013 5:53 pm

Thanks God that the terrorists did not succeed in their nefarious intentions.

July 21, 2013 6:10 pm

This is governments' apathy as well as the extremists group need to avoid such activities that create hatred. Religious processions, congregations and other activities should be within wall but not at public places. Shia group should also come ahead to discuss openly and should have patience to negative views. MWM should also work for unity by rejecting all falsehood at both sides and should not work to spread religious activities at public places. For any religious and sectarian issue that is outside of Pakistan should not be made an issue in country with having protests and processions etc. that disturb citizens. To eradicate terror need to address root causes which are being overlooked by media and religious scholars as well as government. I hope Federal interior minister would look the matter carefully.

July 21, 2013 7:51 pm

So no drones, US invasion of Afghanistan etc is the reason. Still negotiate with these criminals??? I wonder then what is wrong with negotiating with those who kill one or two people in a family feud? We should dismantle Pakistan Penal Code and instead start negotiation teams........

Gerry D'Cunha
July 21, 2013 8:12 pm

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad should be sacked - he has only condemn and requested for full report nothing else - as a governor he and his family are living a luxurious life - looks like beside condemning, he has no power as governor.

S. A. M.
July 21, 2013 8:18 pm

They (taliban and their sympathisers) are bound to be defeated

Ali Kamal
July 21, 2013 8:32 pm

@Zafar Iqbal: I agree with your Zafar.

Syed Hussain
July 21, 2013 9:34 pm

@Shehryar: Oh, wow. What a solution. Shehryar, you may want to give out your address so people may come and stay with you while in Dubai... I would like to see the faces of these depraved people so I can spit on them, call for God's wrath upon them and their families and people who support them. It's only a miracle that they were called upon their journey to heaven a bit sooner.

July 21, 2013 10:26 pm

Good to hear that the culprits were killed in the blast. But it is frustrating to read that you have omitted to name the organization or explain the reason why the bomb maker was back on the streets doing his evil work even though he was arrested previously.

Laurance D'souza
July 21, 2013 10:44 pm

@Gerry D'Cunha: Your knowledge of islamic histry is very weak and on biase. Its written on holy book that one who killed innocent kill the whole nation and one who save single man saves the entire nation.

July 21, 2013 11:15 pm

@sume: absolutely true. muslims are peace loving. they follow the only true religion of peace. All the troubles in muslim nations are created by foreigners.

Goga Nalaik
July 21, 2013 11:31 pm


Everybody knows that the terrorist outfit behind such crimes is Lashkare Jhanghvi and nobody know why our media hesitate to name them. What makes me mad is that when terorists are arrested, their faces are covered (for presumption of innonce I guess) and when a mobile telephone thief is arrested, his face is absolutely naked). Those who kill humans are covered ... what a strange paradoxe in a country where nothing is going right

July 21, 2013 11:41 pm

Hang these criminals in public places.

July 22, 2013 12:04 am

All such terrorist attacks makes it explicitly clear that they have an easy access into Pakistan; especially Karachi, they have an easy access to the materials and places required for making such lethal weapons and of course easy freedom of movement to choose a target and easy exit after completion the mission.

The logical conclusion is that all the Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies are busy implementing its own agenda which has nothing to do with their Moral, Legal and Social obligations, thus a reason good enough for death and destruction of public in large number and government officials in smaller numbers. Whereas government officials will be awarded and rewarded by the Government and respective ministries, the commoner is left out to be on his/her own.

All this has been going on, is going on and will go on for ever as long as we are here.

fahim khan
July 22, 2013 12:48 am

This is not sectarian; these terrorists kill every one who do no agree with them; please name the groups, madressahs and political parties affiliated.

July 22, 2013 12:52 am

"He added that the bomb-maker had been picked up by security personnel six months back"

Who let him go... should be punished.

Zafar Iqbal
July 22, 2013 2:44 am

I live in US where totally opposite blacks & whites live with each other like brothers . When I visited Pakistan last year in April of 2012 I couldn't believe the congested traffic everyone was in a hurry trying to get ahead of everyone but in reality Pakistan is 200 years back it will not work till Pakistanis start helping Pakistanis no matter what color,religion,race or gender they are that's the only way to succeed , treat people like you would want to be treated .

Zafar Iqbal
July 22, 2013 2:52 am

People have voted Mr. Nawaz Sharif in give him a chance to do his job he doesn't have a majic wand where he can fix all the problems in 1 month .

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