KARACHI: Five suspected militants were wounded when a bomb exploded inside their vehicle in Nazimabad on Wednesday.
The incident occurred near Musarrat Cinema in Nazimabad No. 2 within the limits of Rizvia police station. As the golden-coloured Hi-Ace van reached near the cinema, an explosion suddenly occurred, causing fear and panic in the area.
Following the incident, rescue personnel from various welfare associations reached the site and shifted the injured persons to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The suspects were identified as Waheedullah, 35, Sher Muhammad, 32, Abdul Kareem, 28, Bacha Khan, 29 and Muhammad Akram.
Police officials also reached the site and initially termed it a cylinder blast. The bomb disposal squad, however, said that the blast was caused by explosive material that was inside the vehicle.
After the BDS officials revealed their findings, police detained the injured on suspicion. Rizvia SHO Malik Mazhar told The Express Tribune that the explosion was caused by a cracker bomb. He added that all five individuals travelling in the vehicle have been taken into custody. SHO Mazhar was of the belief that the suspects might be affiliated with a militant outfit and may have intended to carry out an attack on the cinema. The suspects, however, told the police that they were on their way to the cinema to watch a movie.
Separately, a low intensity explosion occurred on MA Jinnah Road on Wednesday. As a result of the blast, Muhammad Waleed, 30, Muhammad Asif, 30 and Syed Ali Shakir, 29 were wounded. They were taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi for treatment. According to unconfirmed reports, unidentified motorcyclists had thrown a hand grenade at Capri cinema. Preedy SHO Ghazanfar Kazmi, however, ruled out the possibility of an act of terrorism, claiming it to be an accident. SHO Kazmi maintained that it was a tyre explosion at a puncture shop near the cinema.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2014.