ISLAMABAD: Additional Inspector General Islamabad, Sultan Azam Temuri said Wednesday that bomb weighing around five kg was planted in fruit boxes, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 42 in a powerful explosion in Islamabad’s bustling Fruit and Vegetable market.
“It’s not possible for us to completely secure the area,” AIG said while talking to media, adding more than 2,000 people were present in the Sabzi Mandi at the time of explosion.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) spokeswoman, Ayesha Isani told media “We have received 15 bodies and 42 injured people”.
She said the condition of two patients was very critical. Medics feared the death toll may rise.
The blast took place in the busy morning hours when dozen of people, mostly grocers and sellers, gather at the market in the federal capital’s Sector I-11.
The blast was heard far off in localities. The area also neighbors Rawalpindi’s Pir Wadhai where a slum area of afghan refugees is also located.