No FIR yet as death toll in grenade attack on Karachi truck rises to 13

By: News Desk      Published: 09:01 AM, 15 Aug, 2021
No FIR yet as death toll in grenade attack on Karachi truck rises to 13
Karachi police inspect the truck which was targeted with a hand grenade.

Confusion persisted over the motive behind the grenade attack on a mini-truck in Mawach Goth area in Karachi with police authorities have not yet registered an FIR as the investigation was underway from various angles, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

Police officials on Sunday said that the hand grenade was exploded in the air causing a larger number of casualties. It did not explode on the floor of the truck as there were no splinters found, the police added as the death toll in the tragic incident rose to 13.

A member of the unfortunate family to which all the 13 deceased belonged told the media, “Our family ended in a flash; my nephews, nieces, cousins, sisters were all martyred. Farman called me to reach the Civil Hospital as there was an accident with my family that went to a wedding ceremony. We have no enmity with anyone.”

He said, “There is no hope of justice from the government. The funeral prayers of the 13 persons will be offered after Asr prayers at Star Ground, Sherpao Colony and will be buried in Mola Madad graveyard.”

Truck's driver told the police that he heard a huge noise and did not able to understand the situation immediately. “I called police and rescue immediately,” he said.

All the 13 people belonged to the same family and were returning from a wedding reception when their vehicle was targeted with a hand-grenade in the Mawach Goth area of Baldia Town on Saturday night. The dead included women and children while the seven were injured, three of them seriously and were being treated at the Civil Hospital.

Additional IG and Karachi police chief Imran Yaqoob Minhas said the police were investigating the grenade hit from all angles including personal enmity and terrorism.

He said the victim family originally belonged to Swat and was residing in the Landhi area of Karachi.

CTD Incharge Raja Umar Khatab inspected the blast site and said there was a strong possibility that the grenade strike was launched from a moving motorcycle.

According to the bomb disposal squad report, RGD1 grenade having 65 grams of explosive material was used in the attack.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the concerned authorities. "The incident must be investigated from all possible angles," he stressed.

The interior minister assured the Sindh government of the Centre's full cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

Sindh Governor and Chief Minister also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the IGP.

According to the initial investigations by law enforcement agencies, the incident was a grenade attack, as evidenced by remnants of the explosive found on the site. 

Karachi Administrator Barrister Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui confirmed the death toll. "Doctors are doing their best to save the lives of the injured & whatever treatment or surgery that needs to take place will be done," he said in a tweet.

Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Keamari said the mini-truck driver had taken on board a family from Baldia Town's Pareshan Chowk.

Imran Yaqoob acknowledged that there was a large number of people out on the streets due to Independence Day celebrations, but maintained that it would be "premature" to say anything about the incident at this point.

Bilawal reaction

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari strongly condemned the terrorist incident that targeted innocent civilians in Karachi. Bilawal termed the attack the worst barbarism.

Bilawal in a tweet said, “We will not allow sabotage of law and order in Karachi which have been achieved after great sacrifices.”

Bilawal said, ‘Sure, the culprits involved in the incident will be brought to justice soon. Bilawal expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the attack PPP chairman urges speedy recovery of injured and ensures better treatment.

Shehbaz Sharif

Moreover, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said" ‘Deeply grieved over the loss of precious lives in Karachi. The incident should be investigated from all angles to determine the cause. As scores of recent terrorist incidents have shown, Pakistan faces a renewed wave of terrorism. The time for prompt decisions is now.”