Pakistani soldiers patrol outside a polling station during the country
Pakistani soldiers patrol outside a polling station during the country's by-election in several constituencies, in Karachi on August 22, 2013. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: A roadside bomb targeting troops killed a civilian and left 16 more people including 11 soldiers wounded on Thursday night in Pakistan's violence-plagued port city of Karachi, police and military officials said.

Television footage showed several cars and motorcycles were damaged in the blast aimed at a truck carrying soldiers back to camp after they carried out security duties for by-elections in the city.

The army truck was targeted near headquarters of paramilitary Rangers force in Korangi number 5 neighbourhood.

“At least 11 soldiers were wounded in the bomb blast on their truck,” a military official told AFP. “A civilian was killed and five others were also wounded,” he added.

Police officials confirmed the bombing and toll.

Senior police official Irfan Bhutto said another bomb was found near the blast site attached to a pylon and a bomb disposal unit was attempting to defuse it.

Security was put on high alert in the wake of Thursday’s by-elections in the metropolis.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has condemned the apparent terrorist attack and telephoned the DG Rangers to get details of the incident.

An unprecedented wave of killings and kidnappings has hit Karachi, a sprawling metropolis of 18 million people on the Arabian Sea and Pakistan's economic heart.

Bloody gang wars fed by ethnic and political bitterness, drugs and the Taliban, have created a culture of impunity, and the past two years have seen record death tolls.

In the first six months of 2013, 1,726 people were killed in Karachi compared with a previous high of 1,215 in the same period last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

This is a developing story and will updated as reports come in

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Aug 22, 2013 11:51pm

if this doesnt get Kayani to send in troops and clean up karachi then what will??

Aug 23, 2013 04:00am

Very unfortunate,Pak army bieng targeted like they are invaders from other country.They have become bad people on their on soil.I hope Bangladesh history is not repeated.Equivalent to Sheikh Mujeeb is sitting in England.The stage is set.Our leaders need to read the writing on the wall.

Aug 23, 2013 07:30am

May allah grant the shaheed soldiers a place in Jannat. Ameen.