Close call: Explosion damages bus, no loss reported

Daewoo has been receiving threatening calls for extortion money from the company.

July 17, 2013

A Daewoo passenger bus was damaged in a bomb blast on Ring Road, near the motorway, on Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident.

The bus was en route to Lahore. When it reached the motorway on Ring Road after departing from the Daewoo bus terminal, unidentified men reportedly attached a powerful magnet bomb to the vehicle. Fortunately, the driver spotted the device and vacated the bus in time. Soon after the passengers stepped out, a powerful explosion rocked the vehicle, leaving it severely damaged.

A police official explained around two kilogrammes of explosives had been used in the device. He informed Daewoo had been receiving threatening calls for a long time with militants demanding extortion money from the company.

“Threats to Daewoo are not new,” said the official. “Militants have threatened the company with dire consequences if payments are not made.” The policeman added police had been informed of these developments from time to time. “People were lucky the driver preempted the attack by parking the vehicle on a road side and evacuating the passengers.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.


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