KARACHI: Bomb disposal squad defused a second bomb planted in a motorcycle near the Chinese Consulate, Monday night.
A heavy contingent of Rangers and police reached the site and cordoned off the entire locality after being informed by residents of a suspicious motorcycle parked outside the consulate.
According to BDS sources, the bomb weighed around three kilogrammes and was planted in a motorcycle connected to a detonator.
Experts said that the explosive device might be a dynamite while the sample would be sent to the laboratory for further examination.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi Iqbal Mehmood said that the police had recovered a bomb after residents of the area informed the police about a suspicious motorcycle.
He said that initial investigation suggests that the target might have been Rangers personnel as they were deployed near the explosive-laden motorcycle. The AIG said that the bomb was similar to the previous one which exploded on early Monday afternoon.
According to the police, the motorcycle used in the attack was purchased from Akbar Road and was registered in the name of Khalil Ahmed, a resident of Korangi.
Police apprehended Ahmed in Landhi. According to police sources, he claims to have sold the motorcycle three months ago.
Three people were injured as a result of a blast near the Chinese Consulate on Monday.
Express News reported that a bomb had been planted on a motorcycle parked near Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management. The institute is located right next to the consulate.
Inspector General (IG) Sindh Fayyaz Leghari told The Express Tribune that TV reports stating the consulate was the target are wrong. “The bomb was planted on a motorcycle in the parking lot of the office of Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.”
He said that two people, including one Rangers official, were injured in the incident.
One car and up to three motorcycles parked nearby were reported to have been destroyed as a result of the blast.
Various police teams, including the Crime Investigation Department and the Special Investigation Unit were on the spot to investigate the incident.
Express News reported that Legahri also announced a one million rupee award for anyone who provides information regarding the blast.
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