One killed in Karachi blast in Pakistan

A man was killed and four others were injured in a blast in this southern Pakistani port city on Monday.

A man was killed and four others were injured in a blast in this southern Pakistani port city on Monday.
The explosion occurred in Malir area of Karachi at a unit that makes cement blocks used in constructing houses.

Police said the explosive device was hidden in a cement block.

"The shop was closed for three days due to Muharram and the blast took place this morning," senior police official Raja Umar said.

The bomb comprised 1 kilogramme of explosive material including ball bearings, nut and bolts.

One of the four injured men was in a critical condition, officials at Jinnah Hospital said.

Rescue teams took the injured to hospital while a bomb disposal squad swept the area.

Police officials said the bomb was apparently planted on Sunday to target a Shia procession.

Security forces cordoned off the area and prevented the public and media from approaching the site of the blast.

In one incident, a low intensity bomb went off in Gulistan-e-Jauhar but a second one found nearby was diffused by the bomb disposal squad on Sunday night.

The bomb planted near Amroha Society gate in Gulistan-e-Jauhar went off with a loud bang but bomb disposal squad experts found another low intensity bomb near the blast site and diffused it.

On Sunday, police also claimed to have killed a terrorist and uncovered large amounts of explosive material and suicide jackets after a raid in Mangophir.

Residents said that police had also taken away some suspects to an undisclosed location.

PTI

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