One person was killed and two were injured when a car blew up near a filling station in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar locality late on Wednesday night.
Panic gripped the locality as police and law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and bomb disposal squad (BDS) officials combed the site for evidence.
Talking to The Express Tribune, BDS officials said an explosive device weighing two to three kilogrammes was used in the blast. However, the tell-tale marks left by ball bearings and shrapnel, used in most explosive devices, were absent from the site.
To further complicate matters, the car’s number plate (AXX-525) was registered with a Honda City 2012 model according to CPLC records. The actual vehicle used in the attack was a 2008 model Toyota Corolla.
Karachi has witnessed a rise in blasts recently. Last month, six people were killed while around 50 others were injured in a bus blast near the city’s Cantt Railway Station.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.
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