KARACHI: Majority of the businesses, markets, petrol stations, schools were closed and public transport was scarce on Wednesday, after a bomb exploded at an election camp of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi on Tuesday night.

The blast near the People’s Chowrangi in North Nazimabad left at least five people dead and 15 others injured.

Earlier, two people were reported dead in the blast but three of the 15 injured succumbed to their injures on Wednesday morning, taking the death toll to five.

A group of political workers were standing outside the MQM election office when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the crowd,” SSP district central Amir Farooqui, said, adding: “We have found marks of ball bearings at the scene which suggest that they were packed in the explosives.”

The blast near the People’s Chowrangi in North Nazimabad caused panic and shattered windows of nearby apartment buildings.

SSP Imran Shaukat addressed media personnel and confirmed the two fatalities.

Soon after the attack, MQM chief Altaf Hussain directed leaders of his party to shut all election offices in view of threats of more terrorist attacks and announced a day of mourning across Sindh on Wednesday. He also said that 25 MQM workers had been killed in the last few days.

“In these conditions how can people dare step out of their homes to cast vote,” he asked.

More From This Section

PM orders reshuffle in bureaucracy

PM orders reshuffle in the federal bureaucracy and also approves promotion of 10 officers of IRS from Grade 20 to 21.

Police officer Shafiq Tanoli killed in Karachi explosion

Police officer Shafiq Tanoli and two others were killed in a blast near Karachi's old wholesale vegetable market.

Seminaries received Rs258m in funding from abroad, Senate told

At least 11 of the 15 seminaries, which received funding, were operating without a NOC from the interior ministry.

At least 24 suspected militants killed in Khyber

The suspected militants were killed as jet fighters carried out airstrikes along with a search operation in the region.


Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Poll
From The Newspaper
Tweets