At least 4 persons were killed and 20 injured in multiple blasts in different parts of metropolis on Tuesday. The blasts occurred as Muslims observed the Chehlum of martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). According to police, the first blast came around 12:30pm in Sector 11-E near Azakhana-e-Kosar Imambargah within the remit of Mominabad police station, Orangi Town, but no casualty was reported. Police said the bomb was planted in a wall.
Another bomb blast occurred within few minutes at the same spot in which 4 persons were killed and 20 injured. A rescue mobile was completely destroyed. “The explosive material weighing two kilogrammes was detonated through a remote control device which was fixed under a footpath,” police said.
Sources at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) confirmed to have received 4 bodies and 16 injured. The dead were identified as Irfan-40, Rabbil-Awal, and Sanni-16; while one body was yet to be identified. Meanwhile, rescue sources said four “Razakars” namely Zafarullah-50, son of Hashmatullah; Sajjad-35, son of Faried; Saifuddin-40, son of Yousaf; and Ejaz-42, son of Abdul Rahim were among the injured of the blasts, adding that they were rushed to a private hospital for medical aid.
Yet another bomb exploded in the metropolis but at a different place. It occurred near Jinnah Complex at M A Jinnah Road in the remits of Brigade police station, an hour before the arrival of procession, but no causality was reported. Security forces condoned off the area to investigate the blast. Initial reports had said that it was a tyre blast, but police claimed that a bomb was exploded through a remote control device. In the fourth terrorist act, a hand-grenade was reportedly thrown by an unknown man on a playground located in Qasba Colony where some boys were playing football. It caused injuries to three boys. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a statement, condemned the blasts, and expressed grief and sorrows over the killing of innocent persons. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) also condemned the blasts.