2 killed in blast near Bohra community mosque in Karachi

Published: March 20, 2015
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People inspect the blast site in Aram Bagh area of Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

People inspect the blast site in Aram Bagh area of Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

People inspect the blast site in Aram Bagh area of Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Express News screengrab of Saleh Mosque Express News screengrab

KARACHI: At least two people were killed and seven others wounded after a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside a Bohra community mosque in Karachi on Friday, police said.

The blast took place in Saleh Mosque in the congested Aram Bagh area.

A police spokesperson said two were killed in the blast and seven wounded.

Saifud Din, a witness, said people were coming out of the mosque after Friday prayers when there was a huge blast and many people fell on the ground.

 

Volunteers transport victims to a hospital. PHOTO: AFP

 

“I was inside the mosque when the bomb exploded and I saw people falling to the ground,” Din told AFP.

Umer Khatab, a senior officer at the police Counter Terrorism Department, told reporters that about two kilogrammes of explosives were used in the bomb, which was detonated with a timer.

“The bomb was planted to target the people coming out of the mosque,” Khatab said.

 

Police officials inspect the site. PHOTO: AFP

 

Many worshippers in bloodstained clothes gathered outside the mosque, searching for relatives.

The blast ripped through the shutters of several nearby shops and shattered windows.

 

Volunteers transport victims to a hospital. PHOTO: AFP

 

The attack was the first on a Bohra mosque in Karachi since an incident three years ago, in which seven people were killed.

Karachi, a city of 18 million, is rife with criminal, ethnic, political and sectarian killings, which claim hundreds of lives each year.

 

4:0opm: Eyewitness account

Saifud Din, a witness, said people were coming out of the mosque after Friday prayers when there was a huge blast and many people fell on the ground.

“I was inside the mosque when the bomb exploded and I saw people falling to the ground,” Din told AFP.

3:1opm: Motorcycle registration details

According to police, the motorcycle on which the explosives were planted was registered in the name of a resident of Kemari in Karachi.

However, it is yet to be ascertained whether the motorcycle was stolen.

3:00pm: Four injured discharged

Four injured have been discharged from Civil Hospital while one critically injured is going through surgery, according to Express News.

A few weeks ago, an unidentified person opened fire at shops owned by Bohra community in Karachi’s Bahadurabad area.

2:50pm: 2 dead

Another person has succumbed to his injuries bringing the death toll to two. The deceased has been identified as Hasnain.

CID incharge Raja Omar Khatatk confirmed the death toll.

2:49pm: Leaflet reportedly found from blast site

2:42pm: Civil Hospital emergency sealed

The emergency ward of Civil Hospital has been sealed and relatives of the injured are not being allowed inside, Express News reports.

2:36pm: One killed

The body of one person has been brought to Civil Hospital, according to Express News.

The deceased has been identified as Shabbir Hussain.

2:30pm: Two kg of explosives used: SSP South

SSP South claims two kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast, according to Express News.

 

Express News screengrab of blast site

 

2:27pm: Sindh chief minister condemns blast

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah condemning the blast, has sought a report from DIG Sindh.

2:20pm: Time device explosives

According to initial reports, time device explosives were used in the blast.

 

Express News screengrab of blast site

 

2:14pm: Ten injured

The number of injured has now risen to 10, according to Express News.

However, DIG South says only 4 people have been injured.

2:10pm: One dead: unconfirmed reports

As per an unconfirmed report, one man has been killed in the explosion.

2:09pm: Occurred after prayers

The blast occurred as people were coming out of the mosque after Friday prayers, according to our correspondent Faraz Khan.

2:07pm: Eight injured

Eight people have been injured and are being shifted to Burhani Hospital.

2:05pm: Area cordoned off

Following the blast, security forces have cordoned off the area.

 

Express News screengrab of blast site

 

2:03pm: Three injured

Three people have been injured and shifted to Civil Hospital.

2:00pm: Motorcycles, shops damaged

Several motorcycles damaged and windows of nearby shops have been broken due to the impact of the blast.

 

Express News screengrab of blast site

 

1:55pm: Bomb planted on a motorcycle

As per initial reports, the bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked near the mosque.

1:52pm: Rescue teams reach site of blast

Police and rescue teams have reached the site of the blast.

 

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Raisani
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:12PM

    It seems to be a coward and lame attempt to divert attention from recent revelations of Saulat Mirza. Recommend

  • Frustrated Pakistani
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:16PM

    The last attack that took place in India was the 2011 Mumbai one. Within these 4 years how many bombings have taken place on Pakistani soil? I am starting to even lose faith in our agencies that were once seen as competent and who were responsible for keeping Pakistan OK till now regardless of the corrupt politicians. The patriotic people of Pakistan have stayed quiet for a very long time now. We need change.Recommend

  • Gemini
    Mar 20, 2015 - 2:54PM

    @Raisani: I am with you on this comment, 99.9% confirmed.Recommend

  • karachi wala
    Mar 20, 2015 - 3:39PM

    @Raisani:
    i agree with you Recommend

  • Thiago Brandao
    Mar 20, 2015 - 5:35PM

    What does that note means?Recommend

  • Bhaijan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 5:58PM

    This is not the work of Muslims. This is the work of terrorists who want Pakistan to break up. Do not blame this on Muslims. Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Mar 20, 2015 - 7:49PM

    Fridays are always scary in Pakistan and often violent. Recommend

  • Liberal
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:27PM

    can anyone help me to know whats written on the paper? Recommend

  • Waseem Ch
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:33PM

    @Frustrated Pakistani: I understand your emotions, but you have to acknowledge the ground realities, firslty India does not have a main TV channel like GEO which transforms public opinion about terrorists into heroes, like they did with Lal Masjid and others.

    Secondly India is furtunate to not have such corrupt and selfish politicians like Zardari, JUIF, PPP, Altaf, ANP, etc that will toy with national security to suit there vested interests.

    Before defaming our security forces, keep in mind they have their hands full, they are fighting “enemies” on the borders, on the streets, and unfortunately in our elected assemblies.Recommend

  • genesis
    Mar 20, 2015 - 9:28PM

    Bohras are respected and succefull business and professional community in Inda.Sad they are targeted and have to pay price for being different even as muslims.Recommend

  • blue
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:29AM

    @Waseem CH, Geo TV actually is funded by India, the boss invited all the top Bollywood stars to his daughter’s wedding in Dubai a few years back, he paid them good money. That Mumbai business was a false flag operation and even the Indians know who are in power that Pakistan was not involved at all. All this crap is done to confuse the masses and keep them in line. Recommend

  • Milind
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:15AM

    @blue – Now that you have found out that India funds Geo TV, please rush to the nearest ISI center with your ‘discovery’… Also follow up regularly with them to have it banned and all those Geo bosses locked up… Problem solved… Pakistan will turn into land of milk and honey once again…Recommend

  • globalobserver
    Mar 21, 2015 - 9:18AM

    @Waseem Ch:

    India is indeed full of corrupt politicians who swindle national wealth in the billions of dollars. Pakistani politicians are a distant second to the corrupt Indian political class.

    On your comment about the differences between India and Pakistan, you omitted a big reason for the growing radicalization and terrorism in Pakistan. It is that the Pakistani establishment has been actively encouraging radicalism and terrorism in the hope that the terrorists will only attack the neighbors. What you see now is the case of harvest that one sows.Recommend

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