Explosion after firing near imambargah in Karachi kills one

Published: June 21, 2013
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The area has been cordoned off for further investigation. PHOTO: FILE

The area has been cordoned off for further investigation. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: At least one person was killed and a dozen others, including a police official, were injured as unknown men opened firing at Qalandaria Imambargah in Bilal Colony area of Korangi, Karachi, Express News reported. A low intensity explosion followed soon afterwards.

A group of men always sit outside Imambargah Qalandria in Bilal Colony. On Friday evening, unknown armed men opened indiscriminate fire on these men. As a result, Shafiq Mazhar, 28, was killed and five others were wounded.

As police, rescue officials and locals responded to the attack, a low-intensity explosive planted near the Imambargah went off. The explosion injured a further seven more people including a policeman.

Following the incident, the relatives of the victims staged a protest and claimed that the incident was an act of sectarian violence. Protesters blamed the rival sectarian group and demanded the arrest of the rivalry group members.

However, District East DIG Captain (retd) Tahir Naveed while talking to The Express Tribune refuted the claim that it was a sectarian attack, and said that the incident occurred apparently over personal enmity.

The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital, reported Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jun 21, 2013 - 11:11PM

    Oh my God..Plz pray for my Karachi..!!!

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  • bangash
    Jun 21, 2013 - 11:35PM

    Terrorists are throwin grenades at Pakistanis and Iman Khan wants to negotiate with them.

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  • PRO PAK
    Jun 21, 2013 - 11:54PM

    i pray for my karachi and also for my PAKISTAN ..

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  • Jat
    Jun 22, 2013 - 12:00AM

    @PRO PAK:
    @Karachi Weather:

    Are you guys just good for praying ? What is the game-plan ? That you pray and wait for someone to come from somewhere and rescue you ?

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  • gp65
    Jun 22, 2013 - 12:10AM

    Hearbreaking. Condolences for the bereaved.Recommend

  • Ricky
    Jun 22, 2013 - 12:41AM

    There have been too much RIP and prayers. There is a need for action if not now then never. What are ISI, MI, FIA, CID doing chasing politicians not extrmeist killers?Recommend

  • Naseer
    Jun 22, 2013 - 2:39AM

    @Jat:

    I would love to hear what do you think an average person should do. I myself think about the situation in Pakistan and wonder what I can do?

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  • Aysha M (original version)
    Jun 22, 2013 - 7:40AM

    How many and for how long will they let this go on

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