Seven killed in Hyderi blasts
Posted on 8 months ago
KARACHI: At least seven people were killed and 12 injured as two explosions took place one after the other near the Dolmen Shopping Centre in Hyderi area of Karachi on Tuesday. A woman and a child were also among the dead.
Residents of the area said that two blasts were heard as far as two to three kilometers away from site of the blasts. The sound of the blasts and resulting shockwave caused many cars to collide with each other.
Police officials said that the blast took place in the parking lot of the shopping centre and the site caught fire after the blast. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, 8-10kg explosives were used in the blasts.
The dead and injured have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital.
SSP Central, talking to the media, said that an Improvised Explosives Device (IED) was used in one of the blasts and it was of greater intensity. The other blast was of smaller intensity, he added.
According to IG Sindh, one of the bombs had been planted on a motorcycle and another under a push cart.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the incident and sought a report from IG Sindh.
Emergency has been declared in all hospitals of the city.
An eyewitness told The Frontier Post that the first blast took place at 7:25pm and the market was crowded at that time. Rescue officials, fire brigades and the Bomb Disposal Squad have reached the site of the incident.
A heavy contingent of police and Rangers has also reached the spot.
Tradersâ€™ association has called a strike in the city in protest against the blasts.
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