Karachi: A group of Chinese port workers had a providential escape here today when a bomb targeting their vehicle did not go off as planned, just a day before the arrival of Premier Li Keqiang in Pakistan.
Police said that a major tragedy was averted by good fortune in the city`s posh Clifton area when the remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) aimed at a van carrying the 11 Chinese workers failed to detonate.
Police said the IED had been planted in a flower pot at a roadside in Boat Basin in Clifton.
"The target was apparently a vehicle carrying some Chinese workers which was escorted by rangers and passed through," one officer said on condition of anonymity.
"The miscreants set off the device but it didn`t go off as planned and instead its ball bearings and other particles spread all over the road," he said.
He said the bomb disposal squad had been called in immediately to ensure there were no other IEDs around.
Police also discovered some 11 homemade bombs in a shop which was damaged after one of the IEDs went off accidentally in the afternoon.
"It was a Kabari (junk) shop and after the minor explosion took place it was partially damaged. More search yielded 11 home made bombs from the shop whose owner is under investigation now," an official said.