- Big explosion under a building in Karachi, Pakistan
- 11 killed in blast, more than 12 injured
- Many people feared trapped in the rubble, relief work continues
At least 11 people are reported to have died in a blast in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday afternoon. Local police have said that the blast took place near Parcha Chowk in Shershah area of Karachi. Twelve people injured in the blast have been admitted to hospitals. Police officer Zafar Ali Shah said the blast took place in a drain located below a private bank.
Damage to bank building and petrol pump
Police claim that the local administration had also given a notice to clean the drain. But it got delayed due to non-availability of premises. Police said that the bank building and a nearby petrol pump were heavily damaged in the blast. Police officials said it is suspected that the explosion occurred due to accumulation of gases in the drain under the building.
Bomb disposal squad also reached the spot
However, a police spokesman later said that a bomb disposal squad had been called to investigate the blast site. An official statement on the cause of the blast can be made only after the squad submits its report. In a statement, Sindh Rangers said that on receiving information about the blast, officials rushed to the blast site and cordoned off the area.
Several people feared trapped under the rubble
Footage of the explosion showed a damaged building and debris lying on the ground. Broken vehicles can also be seen at the blast site. Local people are also cooperating in trying to clear the debris at the site. There are also reports of more people trapped under the rubble of the building. In such a situation, the local administration, police team and Sindh Rangers are busy investigating the debris.