KARACHI: At least five people were killed and eight were wounded in a bomb blast in the North Nazimabad area of Karachi on Thursday evening, Express News reported.
The blast was reported to have occurred outside the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) election office in Nusrat Bhutto Colony.
The office was closed at the time of the blast as the party had decided to close down all its election offices in Karachi after a blast targeted them earlier this week.
The wounded were immediately shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital.
Police and Rangers cordoned off the area, while the Bomb Disposal Squad swept the scene of the blast.
According SSP Central Amir Farooqi, two kilogrammes of explosives were planted on a motorcycle. The explosives were attached to a remote-controlled device.
Hyderabad Police was placed on high alert after the blast in Karachi.
MQM chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned this incident and the party announced that it would observe a day of mourning all across Sindh on Friday. Private schools across the city will also remain closed.
On Tuesday, a crude bomb targeting a roadside camp office of the MQM killed at least three people and injured 30 others.
The Taliban have directly threatened the three main parties in the outgoing government, the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Awami National Party and the MQM, which are often described as secular.