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Two killed, eight injured as three explosions hit Karachi

13 December, 2012

KARACHI: Government officials collecting evidences after blast in a hotel where two persons lost their lives.
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KARACHI: At least two people were killed and eight others injured when a three-kilogramme improvised explosive device (IED), planted near a makeshift restaurant in Muzafarabad Colony Landhi, exploded within the precincts of Quaidabad Police Station.

Two more blasts also occurred in the city that damaged vehicles and nearby shops. The victim included a local leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and a policeman.

SHO Amanullah Marwat said that at around 5:17pm, a bomb exploded near Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Hotel, injuring at least 10 people. The injured were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where doctors pronounced the PML-N's Sadiq Shah and policeman Zahid dead.

The injured included Ashiq, Noor, Atif, Iqbal, Mohsin Nawaz and two sisters Fatima and Husna.

Following the explosion, a heavy contingent of police, experts from Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and rescuers of different welfare organisation rushed to the site.

The BDS official said that the blast destroyed the hotel and damaged three motorcycles, adding that the bomb was intended to be placed outside the restaurant.

The BDS official said the bomb, weighting around three kilogrammes, also contained ball bearings and nut bolts and it was connected with a remote control. He said that the bomb was placed in a concrete block.

The restaurant, owned by Sadiq Shah, was rented to another person a couple of months ago.

Zahid, the policeman, was residing in the same area and hailed from Punjab. He was father of five and was deployed in Shah Latif Police Station.

Police officials suspected the involvement of terrorist outfits, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and an extortion mafia behind the incident.

Separately, two blasts were reported within a couple of hours in Mianwali Colony, Manghopir area. The explosions triggered panic in the area, forcing people to stay indoors.

In one of the incidents, unidentified culprits had planted an explosive device along the pillar of the house of Haji Raitaz Khan, a transporter.

The resultant explosion damaged the house, four nearby shops, the wall of a mosque and half dozen vehicles.

After receiving the information, a heavy contingent of police and BDS rushed to the site and cordoned off the entire vicinity.

According to witnesses, the blast occurred in midnight.

Quoting Raitaz, SHO Ashfaq Baloch said the Tehreek-e-Taliban Paksitan had demanded Rs 20 million in extortion from the transporter a couple of months ago.

The SHO said that "criminals continued extending life threats to Raitaz and kept on demanding extortion money".

Soon after the first blast in Mianwali Colony, another bomb carrying 200 grams of explosive was hurled at the house of a former union council nazim, Haji Aurangzaib.

Resultantly, Aurangzaib's house and a nearby bakery were partially damaged. Following both the blasts, a heavy contingent of law enforcers were deployed in the area.

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