Deputy Inspector General South Javed Alam Odho confirmed on Monday that the car blast — that occurred in an empty plot in Karachi's Khadda Market last night — was caused by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).
The DIG revealed that seven to eight kilograms of VBIED was planted in the car along with six LPG cylinders that were meant to explode with the device. However, the plan did not succeed as the cylinders were found intact, the DIG said. The car's CNG cylinder was also found in one piece.
A car, reportedly stolen from Karachi's Jamshed Quarters on Sunday night, was traced to the Khadda Market area in DHA on Monday morning, where it had exploded overnight in an empty plot, DawnNewsTV had reported.
Footage and photographs of the car showed the charred remains of a decimated vehicle. No casualties were reported.
This is the second time that the car was discovered to have been stolen. It was last stolen in 2007 from the Boat Basin area of Karachi and was found five days later near Metroville, SITE area.