Onlookers and security officials surround a police vehicle damaged by a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. A bomb exploded near a group of people returning from a Shiite march injuring many, police chief said. – Photo by AP

KARACHI: Two policemen and a passerby were killed in a blast in Karachi's Malir Halt area on Tuesday evening.

A police statement identified the two policemen martyred in the incident as constables Imran and Dilfaraz and the passerby as Kashif.

It further said that a sub-inspector identified as Manzoor was also injured in the blast.

The police statement said that these three policemen in a mobile were on guard duty for the procession marking the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) in the area and were keeping an eye on the suspects.

The policemen stopped a suspect riding a motorcycle for checking. Upon this the alleged terrorist on the motorcycle came near the mobile and exploded himself, the police statement added.

It further said that constables Imran and Dilfaraz died on the spot while ASI Manzoor sustained injuries , who was rushed to local hospital.

The Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Sultan Salahuddin Babar, announced the promotion of the three policemen to next rank. – APP

AFP earlier reported:

A motorcycle bomb detonated in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Tuesday, shortly after a separate deadly explosion in Lahore, causing an unknown number of injuries, police officials told AFP.

“It was a motorcycle bomb,” city police chief Fayyaz Leghari said.

“When the bomb exploded it was huge and heard far away. Some people have been injured, but we are still collecting details about the blast and wounded.”The bomb took place in Karachi's densely populated eastern neighbourhood of Kala Board. – AFP

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