KARACHI: Twin remote controlled blasts near a roadside teastall killed five people and injured more than 30 others in Ancholi, a locality in Federal B- area of the city late Friday night.
DIG West Javed Alam Odho told media that one of the blasts occurred outside a teastall while the second exploded a minute later outside a catering centre a short distance away.
He said that both the devices were planted on motorcycles and detonated by remote control.
As per initial report of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) 3 to 4 kgs explosive material alongwith ballbearings was used in each planted bomb, the DIG said.
Four of the deceased were identified as Muhammad Aziz, Salik Ali Jafari, Mumtaz Hussain and Waseem.
The injured, several in critical condition, were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Liaquat National Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital.
Several vehicles and shops were destroyed due to the explosions. The police and Rangers have cordon off the area and started investigation.
Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and an Ulema Council have strongly condemned the explosion and appealed to the people to remain calm and peaceful. The Muttahida and the Ulema Council also announced to observe mourning over the incident.
Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat -ul-Ebad Khan has condemned the blasts and called for initial report from IGP, Sindh within 24 hours.