According to authorities from the police and rescue teams, a significant explosion took place in a covered drain at Lasbela Chowk, falling within the jurisdiction of the Soldier Bazaar police station. This incident resulted in the injury of eight individuals and the destruction of several vehicles. The explosion was attributed to the accumulation of gases within the drain.
Emergency response teams and law enforcement authorities promptly mobilized and arrived at the location, swiftly transporting the injured individuals to the Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi in order to provide them with necessary medical care.
The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was summoned to determine if the incident constituted an act of sabotage.
According to Area SHO Pir Shabbir Haider, a road has been erected in close proximity to the Hashmani textile market, thereby sealing the adjacent drain.
According to his statement, the explosion occurred during a period when a significant number of shops had left to attend Friday prayers, resulting in a limited number of individuals being impacted.
According to his statement, the potential number of injured individuals may have risen to approximately 200-300, given the high level of activity in the business vicinity.
The aforementioned incident resulted in the damage of a pickup truck, an automobile, a motorcycle, as well as several pieces of furniture and kitchen equipment belonging to a dining establishment.
According to Police Surgeon Summaiya Syed, it was reported that one of the individuals involved in the incident sustained severe injuries.
According to a local resident, it has been reported to Dawn that there was a petrol station situated at the location of the occurrence in question, several years prior. Subsequently, a structure was erected on the aforementioned parcel of land, which had previously served as the site for the establishment of the textile market.
According to his statement, it is imperative to address the issue of encroachment on drains in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring.
According to East-SSP Zubair Nazeer Shaikh, as reported by Dawn, the police are currently awaiting the final report from the BDS in order to ascertain the precise cause of the explosion.
Nevertheless, according to preliminary investigation findings, the explosion occurred as a result of the accumulation of gases within the drain, as stated by the source.