At least eleven killed, several injured in Multan blast

CPO Azhar Ikram says the blast occurred when a motorcycle carrying explosives collided with a rickshaw


Owais Qarni September 13, 2015
Policeman inspects the site of the blast at Vehari Chowk in Multan on September 12, 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE

MULTAN: At least eleven people were killed and 79 others injured in an explosion at Vihari Chowk, Multan on Sunday evening.

Initial details suggested a gas cylinder installed in a wagon exploded, resulting in casualties and injuries. However, CPO Azhar Ikram said the blast occurred when a motorcycle carrying explosives collided with a rickshaw.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, intelligence and BDS officials also confirmed that the blast occurred when explosives being moved for a terrorist activity exploded.

The blast, which could be heard in far off areas of Multan, was strong in intensity, thus damaging scores of shops and buses in the area. It also engulfed a number of vehicles in fire following the explosion.

The deceased and injured were shifted to the Nishtar hospital, and other nearby facilities. Officials at the Nishtar Hospital said five bodies and 63 injured were brought to their facility.

Being a city exit, Vehari Chowk is a hub of intercity transport services, including buses and other private vehicles. It is one of the busiest squares in Multan.

Meanwhile, DCO Multan, on behalf of Punjab chief minister has announced Rs0.5 million to the heirs of each of the deceased person as compensation.

COMMENTS (15)

sami shahid | 5 years ago | Reply Pakistan army has been fighting ALONE this war on terror for 15 years...thanks to the new govt for putting its support to crush terrorists in the whole country....but the terror tree is in AFGHANISTAN and we should NOT DENIE it every time....the day pakistan will hunt its enemy in afghanistan....afghanistan will not dare to sponsor terror in pakistan with the help of INDIA neither USA will dare to send its DRONE.
Milind | 5 years ago | Reply @Ch. Allah Daad - "Terrorism would continue for many years. There would be some intervals of peace but we must not blink during these intervals. " Agreed... Killing terrorists is just cutting the branches of the poisonous tree. As pk said above, the venomous ideology which is the root of this tree needs to be fixed.
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