Karachi Cantt Station 'terror' blast kills 6, injures 50

Published: December 29, 2012

Security officials walk beside a burning passenger bus after an explosion in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Six people were killed while at least 50 people, including three women and two children were injured when a bus blew up near Cantonment Railway Station in Karachi, Express News reported on Saturday.

The explosion at the busy bus stop had set the Sargodha bound bus on fire and sent flaming debris all over the packed square.

Even as confusion persisted on the nature of the blast after Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials remained non-committal about the blast, SSU’s Raja Umar Khatab told Express News that the explosion was a case of terrorism.

BDS officials, who had reportedly said the blast occurred in a passenger bus after two of its CNG cylinders exploded back to back, were later non-committal, saying they were still investigating the cause of the blast.

Earlier police officials had claimed that one of the cylinders was placed on the top of the bus which exploded. Then Iqbal Mehmood said that it was possibly the air condition’s compressor that had exploded since there was little evidence of explosives.

However, there were conflicting reports regarding the nature of the blast as the bus driver claimed no cylinders were fitted in the vehicle.

Another eyewitness said that just as a bus pulled up at the stop, an explosion occurred in the bus.

Express News correspondent Quratulain Hashmi reporting from the Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Centre said that at least 50 people had been brought to the healthcare centre. She added that most of the injured brought in were described by doctors as suffering from burn injuries.

Some of the injured were  reported to be critically injured.

Buildings and vehicles close to the site were also damaged.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has sought report on the blast from IG Sindh. He has also directed an FIA team to visit the crime scene and collect evidence.

The President and Prime Minister have condemned the blast and have directed to provide the injured with best possible medical care.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon also reached the blast site.

In a similar incident earlier, one person was killed and five injured when the CNG cylinder of a public bus exploded on the Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.

The bus was filling gas at a CNG station when the blast occurred.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Analyzer
    Dec 29, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Five-six loud explosions were heard near CM House karachi last night around midnight. Anyone else heard them too? The source remains a mystery.

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  • Harshvardhan sharma
    Dec 29, 2012 - 3:57PM

    This is a conspiracy

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  • Joker007
    Dec 29, 2012 - 4:09PM

    everyone on media keeps on insisting that it was a bomb blast and not a cylinder blast…dont know whats the truth but our media loves to make a story more juicy

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  • Parvez
    Dec 29, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Our security agencies are helpless against the ‘bad guys’ and as such its easier to claim its a gas cylinder blast…………….thing is who’s believing them.

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  • Dec 29, 2012 - 5:40PM

    This mafia of transporters needs to end .. i knew this would happen when i used to travel in buses … While u can whine for shahzeb khan .. i whine for this .. Karachi needs KCR … MQM ANP PPP please get it doneRecommend

  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 29, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Let the investigation complete, wait and see. why The media making Colorful Stories about this incident…

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  • Mohammad Assad
    Dec 29, 2012 - 7:07PM

    When will Imran Khan do a dharna and long march against the use of substandard dilapidated CNG cylinders? Never I assume.

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  • Dec 29, 2012 - 7:26PM

    It is an open fact,
    gas is being sold openly
    the persons do marketing of gas pay monthly to the locals related to the law enforcing agencies.
    On roads,colonies crowded residential areas shops of gas are opened with support of local police

    Action has become indispensable for those involved in such a illegal business and the supporters receiving monthly from the sellers as a illegal gratification/

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  • Dec 29, 2012 - 7:32PM

    gas sellers has become a Mafia that is still out of control
    Large number of illegal shops are opened with consent of local police because local police receive monthly

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  • pk
    Dec 29, 2012 - 9:07PM

    It was CNG as I heard two bangs, one loud and one less loud while in a terror incident there is shockwave after bang but in this it wasnt. I live in close proximity. I believe its cng and i think some are hiding the fact as transport mafia is strong.

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  • Adnan
    Dec 29, 2012 - 10:02PM

    @Analyzer:
    I live in North Nazimabad and I woke up and heard these blasts. I thought that these are detonators which are used by the Cement manufacturers and others to get the raw material for building material / cement but now i am clueless as many people in Karachi has heard these blasts. It’s very strange….

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  • arif
    Dec 29, 2012 - 10:12PM

    @analyzer, I too heard 6-7 loud explosion like sounds around 11:30 last night and have yet to read or hear anything about what these were about.

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  • Effendi
    Dec 29, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Analyzer:
    I heard those blasts last night in DHA. Still no clue. Someone said fireworks called ‘anaar’

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  • Dec 29, 2012 - 11:01PM

    Fake photo.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Dec 29, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Where is the crater?

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  • Bisharat Baloch
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:50AM

    @Analyzer:
    Heard the blasts you are talking about in DHA. Nobody knows what they were? My friends said could be fireworks for wedding.

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  • sattar rind
    Dec 30, 2012 - 3:57AM

    CNG slanders are also bombs but that is legal terrorism

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