16 killed in massive blast in Pakistan’s Karachi

16 killed in massive blast in Pakistan’s Karachi


Rescuers examine the scene of a fuel explosion in Karachi (AP)

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: At least 16 individuals had been killed and 15 others injured in Pakistan’s monetary capital of Karachi on Saturday when a strong blast, apparently triggered by a fuel explosion in a coated sewage drain, ripped via the constructing of a personal financial institution located on it, police stated.
Most of the casualties are reportedly prospects and workers current contained in the HBL financial institution which was constructed on prime of a coated sewage drain in Karachi’s Shershah space and collapsed following the explosion, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Sindh Home Department Secretary Qazi Shahid Pervaiz confirmed that 14 individuals died in the explosion, whereas 15 others had been injured, the Dawn newspaper reported.
The useless additionally included father of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s member Alamgir Khan.
SHO Zafar Ali Shah stated the explosion happened in a drain situated beneath a personal financial institution, which had been served a discover to vacate the premises so the drain could possibly be cleaned up.
Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab stated that an investigation was below solution to verify the reason for the blast.
An preliminary report of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) stated that the explosion was brought on by a build-up of fuel in the sewerage line.
A senior official was quoted in the report as saying that that counter-terrorism officers had been additionally probing the explosion.
A police spokesperson clarified that there was no lead suggesting that the blast may be linked to terrorism, Geo TV reported.
Meanwhile, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), stated that there was “no SSGC gas pipeline” in the realm, the report stated.
Negating the BDS’ report, the SSGC stated, “It is important to note that neither were flames visible nor was there smell of natural gas in the area – which is a clear indication that the blast is not linked to any of SSGC’s pipelines.”
Police stated that the financial institution constructing was constructed on a slim watercourse having sewerage and fuel traces, making it troublesome to determine whether or not the explosion was resulting from accumulation of fuel in the sewerage line or one thing occurred with the fuel pipeline or explosive materials was positioned there.
“We have no idea whether it was a gas blast. Our first priority is the rescue operation and then we can determine the cause of the explosion,” stated Sharjeel Kharal, Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for the South area.
Footage of the blast confirmed a broken constructing and particles on the bottom together with broken automobiles as rescue employees had been making an attempt to retrieve the injured.
According to a report in Geo TV, eyewitnesses declare that there are a lot of people who find themselves buried beneath the particles of the constructing.
Excavators have been known as to the location to take away the particles and rescue any individuals trapped there.
A bomb disposal unit (BDU) has additionally arrived on the location which has been cordoned off, the Geo TV report stated.
According to the eyewitnesses account, being a Saturday, there have been solely 9 workers of the RBL financial institution reporting for responsibility.
Another eyewitness stated that he noticed a couple of individuals fall into the watercourse, beneath the constructing, when the blast happened.
The Geo TV report stated {that a} second blast happened throughout the rescue and search operation when a couple of electrical wires, which had been being taken down, collided with the fuel line however no lack of life was reported.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has ordered an in depth inquiry into the incident.
The explosion occurred a day earlier than Pakistan was internet hosting the seventeenth extraordinary assembly of the OIC international minister in Islamabad to sort out the state of affairs in Afghanistan.
Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani stated that in keeping with the small print he had acquired thus far, the financial institution’s constructing was constructed and given on lease by the SITE Association of Industry.
“I am unable to understand that how can an institution construct a building on a nullah (drain) and rent it out,” the minister stated.
The minister stated principally, the development of any construction on a drain was not authorized, the Dawn reported.

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