Twin bomb blasts near MQM office in Karachi kill 3, injure 40

TTP has claimed responsibility for the attack on MQM office.


Web Desk May 04, 2013
Media officials record video the site of twin bomb blasts near the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party office in Karachi on May 4, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

BADIN/ KARACHI: Two planted bombs went off approximately 20 minutes apart near a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) election office killing at least three people and injuring 40 others on Saturday evening, Express News reported.

The first bomb, police said, was planted in a cement block with nuts and bolts placed near an MQM election office that killed at least one person and injured five others. Additionally it damaged its walls and nearby vehicles.

As rescue workers gathered to take the injured to the hospital, a second, more powerful bomb went off. An eight year old child was among the dead.

Police said that both bombs were planted and were detonated using remote control.

After the blast, the MQM announced a day of mourning in Sindh on Sunday. Its leader Wasay Jalil reiterated that the party will continue its election campaign and participate in the May 11 elections.

The TTP claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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10:50 pm

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have claimed responsibility for the twin attacks.

Spokesperson for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan, called The Express Tribune to say that the TTP has carried out the attacks.

“The Saturday’s attacks are the continuation of our targeted attacks on the MQM, PPP and ANP,” the TTP spokesperson said.

The caretaker prime minister has also directed the interim interior minister to travel to Karachi in wake of the blasts.

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10:30 pm

MQM Coordination Committee has called for a day of mourning in Sindh tomorrow.

Express News reports that the suspicious vehicle outside the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital has been cleared.

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10:15 pm

MQM leader Wasay Jalil calls the blast a failing of the caretaker set up. "They have failed and they should own up to it that they have failed and charge should be given to some body else."

Despite the loss of two of their workers, Jalil insisted that the MQM will continue with its campaigns and participate in the elections.
"On May 11 we will follow the due procees and follow the democratic way... MQM will keep conducting its activities."

The death toll has jumped to three dead, including two MQM workers. As many as 33 people have been injured in the twin blasts.

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10:00 pm

BDS is investigating a suspicious vehicle outside the Abbasi Shaheed hospital where most of the people injured in the Azizabad twin blasts were brought for treatment.

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9:50 pm

Express News correspondent Nadeem Khan reports that bomb disposal squad is currently sweeping the area to see if there are any further planted explosive devices. However, initial investigations point towards the fact that the explosive devices were planted.

He adds that the blasts damaged Unit Office 153 of the MQM that was being used as an election office. The blast was so powerful that it caused a section of the office's wall to collapse. A rickshaw was also destroyed due to the blast.

Power has also been restored in the area.

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9:40 pm

DIG West Saifur Rehman confirmed that at least one person has died and five people have been injured in the first blast. He adds that the bomb disposal squad has reached the site of the blast and is conducting its investigations.

He reiterates that security was high in the area since it is very close to the MQM headquarters of 9-0.

Express News correspondent Quratulain Hashmi reports from Abbasi Shaheed Hospital that 16 people injured in both the blasts have been brought for treatment. Children are among the injured.

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9:35 pm

Emergency has been declared in city hospitals including Sindh Government Liaquatabad Hospital and Memon Hospital. Some injured have been rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital.

Express News correspondent Muhammad Naveed says that the blast took place on the main road. He adds that currently there is no electricity in the immediate vicinity of the blast.

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9:30 pm

Express News correspondent Nadeem Khanzada reports that per initial reports from the police, the second blast was more powerful than the first.

He adds that several rescue personnel have been injured in the second blast.

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9:25 pm

Express News correspondent Nadeem Khan reported that according to initial information received from the police, between six and eight people have been injured.

He added that the explosion was near Lal Qila ground, where the MQM frequently holds its public gathering.

The injured are being shifted to hospitals.

The MQM had also staged a rally in Karachi earlier in the day.

The MQM has faced as many as four attacks on its election offices and workers.

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zubair afatab | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

hum jeein gay or marin gay MQM tere liy..........

Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma" | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Ali tanoli What a Intellectual person you are, Have you hear any bomb blast in last 10 years? (except the attack on a Hindu temple) will you enlighten us with your Imaginable Intellectualism? "kab talak sach chupaoge, kabhi to tanhai mei khud se Nazar milaoge"

Gulam Rasool"Kuldeep sharma" New Delhi

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