KARACHI:(APS) A suicide blast targeting a Rangers mobile near Qalandria Chowk in North Nazimabad killed two paramilitary officials and injured another on Friday evening, while they were on regular patrolling duty.
Three Rangers personnel were injured in the blast. But two officials succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. The deceased officials have been identified as Qasim and Yaar Mohammad.
SP Gulberg confirmed that a suicide bomber targeted the Rangers mobile. He added that authorities had cordoned off the area and were investigating the site for possible evidences.
However, bomb disposal squad is yet to confirm the nature of blast.
Two civilians, identified as Akram and Syeda, were also injured in the explosion.
The explosion was so loud it was heard in far-reaching areas of North Nazimabad and F B Area, reported APS News. Following the attack a panic spread in the area as people rushed for safety.
Local residents said the explosion was very loud and for a moment they couldn’t figure out what had happened. I took them a while to realise that it was a bomb blast. Soon after, ambulances, rescue officials and police mobiles were seen arriving at the site, eye-witnesses added.
Earlier today, two people were killed in an explosion that took place after Friday prayers outside the Saleh Mosque for the Bohra community, close to Pakistan Chowk.
Rangers have been the target of such attacks in the past. In November 2014, an explosion targeting a Rangers vehicle in Karachi’s Baldia Town Sector Four injured four people.
In May 2014, an attack on the Rangers HQ in Karachi resulted in injuries to at least five Rangers personnel.