At least five people, including three Chinese nationals, have been killed and several others have sustained injuries in an explosion that took place in a van near Karachi University on Tuesday.
Police and rescue teams are pressed into service, and the rescue operation is on war footing. Injured people are being taken to the nearby hospitals. Television footage showed a white van in flames with a plume of smoke rising from it. A bomb disposal squad has also been pressed to find out the nature of the blast.
The blast occurred at 1:52 pm in a van near the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language teaching centre at Karachi University. Following the blast, rescue and security agencies cordoned off the areas.
The blast was initially reported to have been caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder. However, police haven’t revealed any information regarding the nature of the blast.
Sources further added that the victims were returning to the Confucius Institute from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
It may be a suicide bombing
Police are investigating the matter minutely to find out if the nature of the blast was a terrorist act or an accident.
The Sindh CM has directed the injured to be shifted to the Dow University Hospital. He directed officials to ensure all facilities to prevent any casualties.
The chief minister of Sindh has been seeking a detailed report on the blast from the Karachi commissioner.