KARACHI: At least 12 people were killed and over 50 others injured when a powerful explosion occurred in a public vehicle plying on Sharah-e-Faisal of Karachi, media reported Friday.
According to Geo News, the blast occurred in a mini bus near Nursery stop towards FTC. The injured riding a mini bus coming from Malir, include children and women.
Police and other rescue workers have arrived on the spot. The road leading to Saddar has been blocked and the blast site has been cordoned off.
According to Geo News correspondent, the blast occurred near a furniture market situated near the Sharah-e-Faisal.
The Geo News correspondent said at least 50 people were injured in the blast, who have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital. Various injured are in critical state. Also a body has been moved from the scene.
All the casualties have been moved from the blast scene.
According to eyewitnesses, a motorcyclist hit the ill-fated vehicle to cause the mishap. The bus was completely damaged in the blast.
The Jinnah Hospital sources confirmed to Geo News of at least 11 deaths.
After the blast, people gathered to protest and are still raising slogans against the government and police. People in large number gathered at Jinnah Hospital as well.
According to Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said 12 people were killed in the tragic incident.
On this occasion, the shia ulema urged the mourners at the main procession and on the blast site to stay calm.
SP Umar Khattab said the initial evidences showed that blast was not a suicidal in nature.