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Blast destroys three shops in Karachi's SITE area

January 05, 2013

Police stand alert on a street in Karachi. — Photo by Online

KARACHI: Three shops were reported destroyed in an explosion in Karachi's SITE area on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

No casualties were reported in the blast that took place inside the office of a political party which was located in a medical store in SITE's Metroville area.

Police officials said the explosion was carried out using a hand grenade, however, sources in the bomb disposal squad that had examined the site said the explosives had likely been planted. Later, a spokesman for the Sindh Police said the explosives were detonated through a remote control.

The spokesman added that two kilograms of explosive material had been used in the bomb.

The explosion also damaged handcarts and makeshift mobile shops in the vicinity.

After the explosion, Bashir Jan, a leader from the Awami National Party's Sindh chapter, reached the site of the attack and said a military operation in Karachi was the only solution to the problem of terrorism in the city.