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Pakistan: 17 killed in a blast; 2 killed, 4 injured in suicide attack

Thursday 23 December 2021, by siawi3


At least 15 killed, 16 injured in blast in Karachi’s Shershah area

Imtiaz Ali

Published December 18, 2021 - Updated a day ago

Rescue workers gather amid the debris of a bank building that collapsed after a gas blast in Karachi. — AFP
People are seen at the site of the blast in Karachi’s Shershah area. — DawnNewsTV
Officials are seen trying to clear debris at the site of the explosion in Karachi’s Shershah area. — DawnNewsTV

At least 15 people were killed and 16 others were injured in a blast near Paracha Chowk in Karachi’s Shershah area on Saturday, officials said.

SHO Zafar Ali Shah said the explosion took place in a nullah (drain) located underneath a private bank, which had been served a notice to vacate the premises so the nullah could be cleaned up.

The bank’s building, as well as a nearby petrol pump, was damaged in the explosion, Shah said.

Meanwhile, Dr Sabir Memon, head of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), confirmed that 15 people had died in the incident and 16 others injured in the blast were brought to the hospital. He said eight of the injured were discharged after first medical aid.

The doctor attributed the majority of the casualties to injuries caused by fallen debris and said none of the bodies smelled of any explosives or chemicals.

According to Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi, additional police surgeon at CHK, 13 of the blast victims were brought dead to the hospital and two others died during treatment.

Earlier, the Karachi police spokesperson said in a statement that a bomb disposal squad was called to examine the site of the explosion, adding that the cause can be determined with certainty once the squad submits its report.

The report, released later in the day, concluded that the blast occurred due to gas leakage and the accumulation of gases in the nullah underneath the building.

The police spokesperson also said no evidence of terrorism had been found at the site of the blast yet.

Earlier, officials reached the site of the explosion and cordoned off the area, Sindh Rangers said in a statement.

Footage of the blast showed a damaged building and debris lying on the ground. Damaged vehicles could also be seen at the site of the explosion.

People could be seen trying to remove the rubble. There were reports of people being trapped under the debris.

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA Alamgir Khan’s father, Dilawar Khan, had also died in the blast.

“We share the grief of Alamgir Khan and other bereaved families,” he tweeted, praying for the deceased.

Later in the day, in a message on Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan condoled with the families of the victims. He said he was “especially saddened to hear of the loss of our MNA Alamgir Khan’s father who also perished in the blast”.

’Construction of buildings on nullahs illegal’

Later, Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani said while speaking to the media that according to the details he had received so far, the bank’s building was constructed and given on rent by the SITE Association of Industry.

“I am unable to understand that how can an institution construct a building on a nullah and rent it out,” the minister said.

Replying to a question, Ghani added that “apparently, and I am not saying this with finality, the SITE Association is responsible for the incident as it constructed the affected building [on a drain] and gave it on rent.”

The minister said principally, the construction of any structure on a nullah was not legal.

Saying that all structures constructed on drains in the city should be removed, he added that however, those affected and displaced as a result of the move must also be given compensation.

“It’s not as much their fault as of those who allotted the land to them in the first place,” Ghani explained. He said that institutions, departments, authorities and officials who allotted land to people on nullahs must be identified so that action could be taken against them.

Later, the Sindh home department also said while speaking to the media that all structures built on nullahs were illegal.

He said he had issued directives for a transparent investigation of the incident, adding that soon a “grand operation” would be launched against encroachments.



2 killed, 4 injured in suicide attack on ANP vehicle in Bajaur


Published December 19, 2021 - Updated a day ago

This image shows rescue officials tending to the victims of a suicide attack in Bajaur tribal district on Sunday. — DawnNewsTV

Two people were killed while four others were injured in a suicide attack on an Awami National Party (ANP) vehicle in Bajaur tribal district, officials said on Sunday.

Speaking to, Bajaur District Police Office Samad Khan confirmed the casualties, adding that the blast occurred near the Pak-Afghan border in Sur Qamar area within Laghrey police station’s limits.

He said that police and law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene following the blast.

The official dispelled the notion that the incident took place near a polling station where local government elections are underway.

He said that the site of the incident was a hilly area. “The suicide bomber suddenly appeared and blew himself up,” he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

In November, two policemen were martyred in Bajaur after an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered during a routine patrol. The police officers were deployed near Raghagan Dam when the IED got set off.



Death toll in Karachi Shershah blast rises to 17 as police launch probe

Imtiaz Ali

Published December 19, 2021 - Updated a day ago

Photo: Security personnel and rescuers inspect the scene of a gas explosion in Karachi on Saturday. — AP

Police on Sunday launched an investigation into the deadly sewerage line blast in Karachi’s Shershah area as the incident’s death toll rose to 17 with the discovery of two more bodies.

A building housing a private bank collapsed, while a nearby petrol pump and some vehicles were damaged in the Saturday afternoon explosion caused by accumulation of gases in the drain underneath.

Site-B police have registered the FIR of the incident against the “persons responsible for the construction of the building and its owner” under various charges including manslaughter, said an area police officer.

The case has been registered on behalf of the state through Site-B Station House Officer Zawar Husain.

Police officer Asghar told that two more bodies had been recovered from the debris at around 1:30am on Sunday, raising the death toll to 17.

According to the FIR, the blast took place at around 1:45pm on Saturday near a private bank adjacent to a petrol station located on Estate Avenue Road, SITE at Shershah Chowk.

Contingents of police rushed to the spot and later called bomb disposal and crime scene units, and rescue organisations to help in rescue work.

A team of the BDS led by inspector Mohammed Amir also arrived at the spot and after examining the place submitted its report to the complainant, SHO Zawar Husain.

“The BDS team in their report stated that the blast occurred due to the release of gases from the sewerage line beneath the building housing the bank and another office,” the FIR says.

“This report and an examination of the site showed that the bank and the other office were constructed on the sewerage line illegally and continuous leaking of gases from the nulla (drain) caused this incident.”

The building was constructed by encroaching upon the land of the drain. The owner of the building and those who constructed it will be charged under Sections 322 (Punishment for qatl-bis-sabab), 337-H (Punishment for hurt by rash or negligent act), 337-I [Punishment for causing hurt by mistake (khata)], 427 (Mischief causing damage) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Evidence to be sent for forensic analysis

DIG South Sharjeel Kharal confirmed that the death toll had risen to 17, adding that an investigation into the incident had been launched.

“Investigators have collected debris, an electric wire piece, sewage water, wood pieces and CCTV DVR as evidence and further footage is being collected,” he said. “The evidence will be sent to a laboratory for forensic analysis to ascertain the reason for the explosion.”

He revealed that seven people, including five bank staffers, had died inside the bank, while 10 people died outside the bank.

According to DIG Kharal, the father of PTI MNA Alamgir Khan had his car showroom adjacent to the bank; he was present there when the blast occurred and lost his life.

To a question about a second explosion, the officer said a short circuit failure had occurred after the explosion, without causing any injury to anyone. Police called K-Electric officials who disconnected electricity in the area to remove the debris.