Explosion in Karachi’s Saddar area kills one, injures 13

May 13, 2022: According to a report by Samaa TV, bomb explosion in Karachi’s Saddar area has left one person dead and several wounded, according to police.

Between six and nine vehicles were damaged in the explosion, which occurred on Daud Pota road near the Lucky Star.

Police officials say the explosion was likely caused by an IED planted at the site.

They said a vehicle of the Pakistan Coast Guards was a possible target. However, the personnel in the vehicle remained unhurt.

Speaking to SAMAA TV, Information Minister Sharjeel Minister confirmed that at least three people had been wounded. Other reports put the number of wounded at 13.

Dr Shahid Rasool, the executive director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) said that one person had been killed. His body was moved to JPMC, located a few kilometers from the site of the blast.

Hospital sources said the injured suffered ball-bearing wounds, a hallmark of terrorist bombings in Pakistan.

SAMAA TV’s Shahnawaz Ali reported that eight of the injured were moved to JPMC, two to Civil Hospital and the remaining three people to private hospitals.

The police cordoned off the area and called in the bomb disposal squad (BDS).

People were told to step away from the site as officials feared the first blast could be followed by another explosion.

Information Minister Memon said there was no security threat.

Karachi South DIG Sharjeel Kharal told SAMAA TV that the explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorcycle.

He said one passerby was killed and two others were wounded.

A team from the counter-terrorism department (CTD) of the police also arrived at the spot.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has declared an emergency at hospitals.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Sharjeel Kharal said that the blast also damaged several cars and shattered the windows of nearby buildings, adding that the nature of the blast is being probed.

He added that the injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.

An emergency has been imposed in all public hospitals of Karachi, while sources at the Jinnah Hospital said that the condition of four individuals is serious.

Hospital sources added that the people brought to the hospital have sustained injuries caused by ball-bearings.

The blast was reported around 11pm at a section of Daud Pota Road where a number of hotels and restaurants are located. Some of the restaurants serve customers throughout the night.

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