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) (Closed)


Akhter Husain
Sep 18, 2012 07:09pm
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
Sep 18, 2012 07:15pm
What a country.... you demonstrate for blasphemous film ... but kill your own brothers and sisters.... shame...
Raju
Sep 18, 2012 11:32pm
But why?
Syed Shah
Sep 18, 2012 07:59pm
For God's sake spare our city. It is not an Ilaqa Ghair where no law applies.
jan saab
Sep 18, 2012 04:11pm
Pakistan will not survive unless it adopts "love for all hatred for none"
Nabeel Akhter (@nabeel1988)
Sep 18, 2012 08:05pm
May Allah have mercy on all of us. Aameen.
Such
Sep 18, 2012 04:10pm
A new phase in terrorism
Pavas Ambashta
Sep 18, 2012 04:06pm
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?
G.A.
Sep 18, 2012 09:17pm
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.
Sara
Sep 18, 2012 06:20pm
No respect for human life at all astagfurlallah
Hussain
Sep 18, 2012 05:50pm
When Muslims kill Muslims indiscriminately - the enemy will mock not only the Muslims but their Prophet as well. United we stand divided we fall.
M K S
Sep 18, 2012 05:48pm
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.
Faisal
Sep 19, 2012 02:30am
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
Yawar
Sep 19, 2012 01:54am
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.
BigdaddyUSA
Sep 19, 2012 01:23am
I can
Manoj
Sep 18, 2012 05:44pm
Peace delivered
Nair
Sep 18, 2012 03:57pm
very sad ..
sarah
Sep 20, 2012 08:06am
As if in Canada nothing never happens!! Let me doubt this...
Sam
Sep 18, 2012 05:16pm
Dolmen Mall,Hyderi market,largees and fast food restaurants on this road are the most busy places in Karachi.