officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi. – Photo by AFP
officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi. – Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Eight people including a young girl were killed when two bombs went off in a busy commercial area in Karachi on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

The bombs went off in quick succession in the usually crowded Hyderi Market in central Karachi during the evening rush hour, police officer Azam Khan said.

One bomb exploded near a dustbin and three minutes later another went off at the main parking lot in which about a dozen vehicles were damaged, he said.

“We suspect the bomb was planted in a car or a motorbike parked in the area.

“Casualties were caused by the second blast,” he added, confirming that the deceased included a nine-year-old girl. More than 18 others have been wounded.

Karachi city police chief Iqbal Mehmood said: “The blast occurred at a place from where we had recovered and safely defused a heavy bomb last month.

“I can’t say which terrorist organisation or individuals are behind this at this point of time,” he said, adding that investigations were ongoing.

The powerful blasts were heard several kilometres away, residents said.

The casualties were taken to the local Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Doctor Mohammad Shafqat, confirming the toll, said: “We have received bodies of six blast victims.” He added that there were 18 injured, including three women and one child.

“We are compiling the figures of deaths and injured,” Provincial Health Minister Saghir Ahmed said, adding that emergency has been declared in all state run hospitals in the city.

One victim later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital during treatment.

“The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device carrying at least eight kilogrammes of explosives,” bomb disposal squad official Abdul Hameed said.

“Both bombs were planted, one was on a motorcycle and another on a pushcart abandoned nearby,” provincial police chief Fayyaz Laghari said.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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Comments (19)

Akhter Husain
September 18, 2012 7:09 pm
The investigators must not obsessed with only the known terrorist groups and widen the scope of investigations so that the real culprits are apprehended. The rivalry could also be a reason.for such activities.
HM, Canada
September 18, 2012 7:15 pm
What a country.... you demonstrate for blasphemous film ... but kill your own brothers and sisters.... shame...
September 18, 2012 11:32 pm
But why?
Syed Shah
September 18, 2012 7:59 pm
For God's sake spare our city. It is not an Ilaqa Ghair where no law applies.
jan saab
September 18, 2012 4:11 pm
Pakistan will not survive unless it adopts "love for all hatred for none"
Nabeel Akhter (@nabeel1988)
September 18, 2012 8:05 pm
May Allah have mercy on all of us. Aameen.
September 18, 2012 4:10 pm
A new phase in terrorism
Pavas Ambashta
September 18, 2012 4:06 pm
Very sad..Why the Pakistani government, Police and army have failed to stop this unabated killing of people in Karachi?? Is there lack of will or something else? Why should innocent public suffer for the political games played by tin top brass of the country?
September 18, 2012 9:17 pm
Sadly no one will come out to protest these blasts as they are too busy protesting this anti-Islam movie that would have disappeared into oblivion had Muslims not come out on the streets. Death of innocent people is not something we protest over anymore as our priorities lie elsewhere.
September 18, 2012 6:20 pm
No respect for human life at all astagfurlallah
September 18, 2012 5:50 pm
When Muslims kill Muslims indiscriminately - the enemy will mock not only the Muslims but their Prophet as well. United we stand divided we fall.
September 18, 2012 5:48 pm
Comments should be disabled for these type of news. What is there to comment on? The despair, the helplessness or the agony. It is unimaginable for many of us who post on here to relate to the loss of precious lives so violently.
September 19, 2012 2:30 am
Its depressing that these kind of events have become a common thing in our country.Its mind boggling that a country with over half a million in armed force and a world renowned intelligence agency cannot capture the perpetrators of these heinous acts. It’s sad to see that our government and even the army is unwilling to protect the life of the commoner. Can’t they figure out what kind of explosives are being used in these attacks and then find out where they are coming from? It’s not like you can create these military grade explosives in a dhaba. May Allah protect this country and have mercy on this nation.
September 19, 2012 1:54 am
Please, we need to know who is committing these mass murders of innocent civilians. They have to be identified and their faces displayed in front of the entire nation.
September 19, 2012 1:23 am
I can’t say which terrorist organisation or individuals are behind this at this point of time. Well why do you allow so many terrorist organizations in your country? You see if we had that problem in America, everyone would take up arms and rid the country of them. Now think real hard and tell me why your people and government aren't doing that.
September 18, 2012 5:44 pm
Peace delivered
September 18, 2012 3:57 pm
very sad ..
September 20, 2012 8:06 am
As if in Canada nothing never happens!! Let me doubt this...
September 18, 2012 5:16 pm
Dolmen Mall,Hyderi market,largees and fast food restaurants on this road are the most busy places in Karachi.
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