Explosion in Karachi building leaves five dead, 20 injured
Rescue and police teams rushed to the scene and started the rescue operation after shifting the dead and injured to the hospital. Three of the injured were said to be in serious condition. The Rangers personnel also arrived at the scene and cordoned off the whole area. They also called in the bomb disposal squad.
However, the police indicated that the preliminary inquiry suggested that the blast was caused by a gas cylinder but they were still trying to ascertain the actual cause of the explosion. The Mubina Town SHO said that it seemed like a cylinder blast and that the bomb disposal squad was at the spot to ascertain the cause behind the explosion.
Officials believe the blast occurred on the second floor of the building as eyewitness accounts stated that the windows of nearby buildings, and even some vehicles passing by, also got damaged due to the impact.
The explosion was reported in the four-storey Allah Noor Apartments building in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The apartments are opposite to the Karachi University gate. Part of the building was razed to the ground due to the blast intensity. The explosion was so severe that the windowpanes of the nearby buildings were also reportedly broken.
Rescue and police officials were trying to remove the debris to find any survivors and there were fears that some people might have been stuck under rubble. The ground floor had a bank and businesses while residential apartments were located on the upper stories. Staff were already at the bank when the blast took place.
Injured people were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Some people were injured when rubble from the building fell on them.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah summoned a report into the incident. The Sindh IGP also called for details from the SSP East about the blast.
The SBCA officials were of the view that there was a possibility that the pillars of the building may get weaker after the blast.