At least eleven killed, several injured in Multan blast

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

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

Policeman inspects the site of the blast at Vehari Chowk in Multan on September 12, 2015. PHOTO: ONLINE Express News screen grab of a damaged car in Multan blast

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.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Milind
    Sep 13, 2015 - 10:02PM

    And we thought terrorism was rooted out by Pakistani army and its homemade drones…Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 13, 2015 - 10:42PM

    Why is it that every time someone from the government makes the claim that terrorism has been uprooted and terrorist networks/outfits have been dismantled there’s another attack? It’s like they deliberately throw it back in our faces almost saying “Haha! Nope…Still here!”.Recommend

  • pk
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:13PM

    There is so much venom injected in average citizen that it will take at least 50 years to get normalcy. If young kids taught religious tolerance from today then one should hope that when they grew up as adult they themselves will bring change in society. But the process is painstakingly slow and one has to have lot of patience. Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:58PM

    @Milind:
    you jealous nut!! you people need to stop being desperate about what Pakistan makes. Your mind is still stuck on that drone!!!Recommend

  • just_someone
    Sep 14, 2015 - 1:53AM

    Punjab needs an operation to root out the hidden-in-plain-sight terrorists thereRecommend

  • JSM
    Sep 14, 2015 - 3:07AM

    Raw must have done it.Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2015 - 3:25AM

    Indian RAW and Afghan NDS are responsible for terrorism in Pakistan…..India is a terrorist and Afghanistan is a psychoRecommend

  • Neutral
    Sep 14, 2015 - 3:44AM

    Really sad, however Terrorism can’t be rooted out unless and until everyone of us realize his own responsibilities. Israel came from 2 dozen suicide a year to zero with help of its citizens who used to identify and inform the authorities of any suspicious activity. How many of us investigated the next door neighbor by now ? at least i didn’t. Recommend

  • Kishan
    Sep 14, 2015 - 4:24AM

    @Milind

    Listen you Indian troll. Go clean the fire off your own country.

    Instead of sitting behind a keyboard, go out and make some change.

    Do something useful with your lifeRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 14, 2015 - 4:24AM

    @Milind: Terrorism would continue for many years. There would be some intervals of peace but we must not blink during these intervals. Recommend

  • AD
    Sep 14, 2015 - 6:45AM

    No correct , the explosives dont
    explode just like that even if they are being
    carried. You need to detonate Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 14, 2015 - 7:42AM

    It is time for the Federal agencies to look into Southern Punjab, the Sharif Brothers made this deal with the religious fanatics to spare Punjab on the expense of other provinces but it seems it is not working. I say the Rangers should start cleaning up S. Punjab too since they have done a great job in Karachi. Let us clean Pakistan from this scum once and for all. Recommend

  • Agha Syed
    Sep 14, 2015 - 8:09AM

    @Milind:
    Baseless criticism on Pakistan Army. We are waiting for the time when our Armed Forces will start a clean sweep operation in Punjab.Recommend

  • Milind
    Sep 16, 2015 - 8:34AM

    @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.Recommend

  • Sep 16, 2015 - 2:52PM

    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.Recommend

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