KARACHI: Three bomb and grenade attacks near Imambargahs in North Nazimabad and North Karachi on Wednesday night left about 20 people injured. The attacks sowed fear in the city on the eve of Ashura processions that have drawn tight security measures across the metropolis.

The injured included policemen, Rangers personnel and media persons.

Officials believed that the attacks took place in ‘sensitive’ areas and were aimed at creating disturbances.

Two men were wounded when a small improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Pahar Ganj area and over 15 others suffered injuries in another blast not very far away.

“The first explosion occurred at the shrine of Abul Fazal,” said DIG West Javed Alam Odho. The shrine was closed at the time of the attack. An Imambargah is located in the area.

The injured were identified as Aftab Hussain, 20, son of the shrine’s caretaker Khalid Hussain, and Naveed Mohammed, 22.

Aftab suffered multiple and serious injuries on his back, according to additional police surgeon, Dr Abdul Haq.

Bomb disposal expert Abid Farrukh said an IED — weighing 500 grams, containing ball bearings and wrapped in a shopper — had been attached to the wall of the shrine and detonated through remote control. The wall collapsed, a car was destroyed and two other vehicles were damaged.

After an hour, another blast occurred at a distance of around 50 yards from the shrine, leaving a policeman with critical head injuries. Two Rangers personnel, a policeman and some media persons and other people received minor injuries, said the DIG.

He said the second explosion took place in a heap of garbage.The injured were taken to hospital. They were identified as CNBC reporter Khizruddin, CNBC photographer Syed Shariq Hussain, Waqt TV reporter Raza Abdi, policemen Faheem Iqbal and Zahid Hameed, Mohammed Ali, Samar Zaidi, Khalid Raza, Rasheed Mehboob, Faisal Ejaz, Nadeem Qasim, Farid Qadir, Nawaz Ali, Naseem Ahmed and Danish Shabbir.

In the third incident, a grenade was hurled at a police check-post near an Imambargah in North Karachi after a Majils had ended.

According to SSP Central, Amir Farooqi, two men on a motorcycle hurled a ‘cracker resembling a tennis ball’ at the check-post, injuring policemen Mushtaq and Yusuf.

Meanwhile, taking notice of the incident, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan has ordered security to be put on red-alert in the city.

Security had already been put on high alert across the country to thwart terrorist attacks during the holy month of Muharram, when Shia Muslims mourn the seventh century martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), along with his family members.

Shias make up around a fifth of Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Muslim population.

Police and Rangers forces were already carrying out operations against criminal and terrorist elements to curb sectarian and political killings in the port city. Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, is rife with murder and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

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Gerry D'Cunha
November 13, 2013 11:24 pm

an initial wake-up call by the talibans on the eve of muharram

November 13, 2013 11:22 pm

This is a really poor area . these people really fight for survival. how are they going to survive this terrorism.

November 13, 2013 11:45 pm

Lessons should have been learnt from the past, but, apparently not in this case. Prevention is always better than cure. Measures, especially around this time, should have already been in place to foil any nefarious activities of the miscreants.

November 13, 2013 11:53 pm

Lessons should have been learnt from the past, but, apparently not in this case. Prevention is always better than cure. Measures, especially around this time, should have already been in place to foil any nefarious activities of the miscreants.

ishrat salim
November 14, 2013 12:23 am

After the first blast and " upon clearance by bomb disposal squad and security personnel " second blast took place....how the place was cleared in the first place.....because no proper training nor proper awareness created among general public not to venture near the blast site after the first blast.... this is not the first time such tactics have been used by the criminals...we have become so complacent and no value for human lives....when are we going to learn from our mistakes and wake up our dead conscience.....

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
November 14, 2013 3:17 am

May be we should stop thinking that its a conspiracy and realize that some of our religious outfits who have received support from our agencies/army are actually the miscreants behind these attacks.

November 14, 2013 4:57 am

All Muslims are equal whether Shi! Sunni or Ahmedias. Period.

November 14, 2013 5:49 am

Shamelessness knows no bonds.

November 14, 2013 10:05 am

It is the best way the Government should ban all the processing in the name of Islam.

They should do what ever they need in house, not street.

Tazia, Matam, Milad all are not relating to islam.

It is politic of 7th century between Islam and Faris.

This is 21st centure people should understand their duties.

In the name of Moharam Allama's are making money and innocent dying on street.

Ayesha Khan
November 14, 2013 8:13 pm

These types of episodes of violence have become routine in Pakistan. When the senior authorities ( so to say ) are willing to negotiate the peace talks with the most heinous terrorists, then what else do we expect.

November 14, 2013 10:43 pm

@arif:...Thanks for your "21st century" definition of Islam. It is just that your definition itself is from the 7th century used by the very people who did the most disservice to Islam. BTW! I did not see in your comments any condemnation of the people who are creating mischief in the land by their evil misdeeds. Is their a correlation?

November 15, 2013 7:49 am

@arif: May be you need to go back and learn some Islam, if you have any slightest idea regarding Moharam.

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