Cracker attack reported in Karachi’s Baldia, nine killed

Nine people were killed and seven injured after a cracker blast was reported in Karachi’s Baldia Town Saturday night, Baldia SP Faizan Ali confirmed.

It is being reported that the blast occurred in a Hyundai truck on Hub River Road. A family, comprising 20 to 25 people, was travelling from Faqeera Goth to Sherpao Colony in Landhi when the explosion was reported. The family, which hails from Swat, had hired a Shehzore truck to attend a wedding.

Unidentified men on a motorcycle drove near to the truck and opened fire. They hurled something in the truck after which the explosion occurred, South DIG Javed Akbar Riaz told SAMAA Digital. The men managed to escape.

Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred at 9:45 pm within the jurisdiction of Madina Colony police station, the DIG said.

All injured people have been moved to Civil Hospital, Karachi and an emergency has been imposed in the hospital. Doctors have said that they have received eight bodies so far.

It was earlier reported that this was a cylinder blast. SP Faizan Ali had, however, dismissed these reports and claimed that a cracker was used in the attack.

Keamari SSP Fida Hussain Janwari had, however, said that 10 people have been killed. It seems to be a cylinder blast, he added.

Speaking to SAMAA Digital, SSP Janwari said the police received information that a cylinder had exploded in the area. The inspection of the site of the crime, however, suggests that it was a terrorist attack.

The police think that explosive material has been used in the blast. The area has been cordoned off and the police have launched a search operation.

DIG South said that no sectarian angle has been observed yet, adding that bomb disposal teams have reached the site to confirm the nature of the blast.

The truck, a 2007 model, belongs to a man identified as Amir Iqbal. The police have detained the truck’s driver.

The attack has been reported as people across the country celebrate 75th Independence Day.



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