KARACHI: At least two persons, including a suspected bomber, were killed and three others injured when an explosion took place outside a mosque near Parking Plaza in Saddar area on Friday, police said.
The blast took place at the main gate of Mohajir Makki Mosque on New Preedy Street in Saddar town opposite the car parking plaza. The bomb went off when people stepped out of the mosque after offering Friday prayer.
Rescue teams and law enforcing agencies reached at the spot and started relief operation. Body parts of a person were also found at the blast site, sources said.
The bodies and the injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC).
Talking to media, Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo said that a suspected terrorist was believed to be carrying explosives on a motorcycle. He said that unfortunately the blast occurred when his motorcycle collided with another one.
AIGP said that apparently mosque was not his target. He said that police are investigating as to what was the target of the suspected bomber.
In-charge Crime Investigation Department (CID) Raja Umar Khatab told the media that blast could not occur till its Improvised Explosive Device (IED) complete its whole process. He said that explosive material does not go off only due to collisions. He said that apparently the two kilograms of explosive material used in the blast.
Taking notice of the blast, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah asked provincial police chief to submit a report.
In a statement, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) head Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the Karachi blast.