KARACHI: A blast near an election office on Burns Road in Karachi on Thursday evening injured at least 8 people, Express News reported.
Express News correspondent Nadeem Khan reported that the explosion occurred near an election office of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) where many party workers were present at the time of the explosion. The election office is an old MQM sector office located near the popular food street on Burns Road.
DIG South confirmed that the blast occurred directly outside the Babul Ilm mosque, which is adjacent to the MQM office.
Khan added that the injured were moved to civil hospital for treatment.
The affected area was immediately evacuated and all businesses were promptly closed.
DSP Zameer Abbasi said that between two to three kilogrammes of explosives containing ball bearings were used in the blast.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad condemned the incident.
Burns Road is a densely populated area near the main business and trading districts of Karachi.
Later in the evening, MQM claimed that the blast was carried out by militant groups from Punjab.
This blast is the fourth such incident where MQM workers have been targeted in a recent spate of pre-poll violence.
On April 23, a bomb explosion targeting MQM workers near the Peoples Chowrangi in Karachi killed at least three people and injured 30 others.
On April 25, at least five people were killed and eight were wounded in a bomb blast outside an MQM election office in Nusrat Bhutto Colony.
On April 28, twin blasts occurred near an MQM office in Orangi Town, killing at least one man and injuring 23 others.
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