DI KHAN: Seven people, including three children, were killed and 27 injured when a remote-controlled bomb planted in garbage exploded in the Bannu Chungi area in Toi Fazal, an official of the Cantt Police Station told The Express Tribune. The blast had targeted a Muharram procession.
“It was a homemade bomb which was kept inside a pressure cooker and planted in the garbage,” an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) told The Express Tribune.
It has also been learnt that mobile phones were working at the time of the blast, but were later blocked in DI Khan.
“Around 10kg explosive material was used in the bomb and ball bearings were found during the collection of evidence.”
Khalid Baloch of the District Headquarters Hospital DI Khan said that the injured also included a police official and children, adding that some of the injured were in serious condition.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police, Qazi Jamilur Rehman told media persons that security had been enhanced after the incident and all Muharram processions will go ahead as scheduled. He added that police personnel, including Frontier reserves and Elite personnel will provide security.
Police had cordoned off the area after the incident and had launched a search operation. A suspect was arrested from the site and shifted to an unknown location for further investigations, a police official said.
Army personnel were called in and deployed on different routes for Muharram processions. Roads were deserted after the incident.
No FIR was registered till the filing of this report.
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