Pakistan Karachi bomb blast kills dozens
At least 45 people have been killed by a bomb explosion in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.
The blast in the mainly Shia Muslim area of Abbas Town destroyed several buildings and set others on fire. Some reports spoke of a second explosion.
No group has yet said it planted the bomb, which went off near a mosque as worshippers left evening prayers.
Pakistan’s Shia minority are the target of frequent sectarian attacks from Sunni militant groups.
The explosion sent a huge column of smoke into the sky above Karachi and caused a power cut in part of the city.
Police are investigating whether it was a suicide attack.
Rescuers have been struggling to reach people trapped under the rubble.
Residents have been using car headlights to help the search for survivors, local media reports said.
Around 150 people were wounded by the explosion, officials said.
“I was watching television when I heard an explosion and my flat was badly shaken,” Karachi resident Mariam Bibi told Reuters news agency.
“I saw people burning to death and crying with pain. I saw children lying in pools of their own blood and women running around shouting for their children and loved ones.” she added.
Rescue work was delayed as some residents fired guns into the air in anger at the carnage, reports say.
At least 40 people were killed and over 135 others injured when twin blasts hit a residential area in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Sunday night, local health official said.
Aftab Khatri, Health Secretary of Sindh said that the death toll may further rise 50 because the injured people including a large number of women and kids are in a critical condition.
Senior intendant of Karachi Police Fayyaz Khan said that first bomb was triggered off by a remote controlled device and explosive materials were laden in a mini-truck parked near the entrance gate of a residential “Iqra City” area of the metropolis.
He said that the Bomb Disposal Squad is busy in investigating about the nature of second blast and according to initial reports it seems that the second explosion was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the residential building.
Fayyaz said that an estimated 150 kg of explosives were used in the blast, adding that the bomb contained ball-bearing and lethal chemical material which caused huge fire after the explosion.
The blast leveled two multi-story buildings comprising of 200 flats to ground and several people are believed to be stranded under the rubbles.
Following the blast, several nearby vehicles, over 150 shops and a building caught fire.
twin bombs is the signature..sunni attacking shia again..the worst blast in 3 years in pakistan..in their biggest city..and it get cursory attention from the worlds media..