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Salis bin Perwaiz
Sunday, March 06, 2011
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Karachi

 

A bomb blast in a house rocked the Ibrahim Hyderi area on Saturday, killing a man and wounding two others.

 

Police arrested the two injured on suspicion of being involved in preparing the explosive device that went off accidentally. Another suspect was also arrested from the scene.

 

The police seized the items recovered from the house damaged in the blast, for which they blamed a local Sindh-based group.

 

Upon reaching the scene of the blast in Jumma Goth in the Ibrahim Hyderi police limits, the police found the house completely gutted with smoke billowing out from there.

 

Several adjoining houses were also slightly damaged. The Bomb Disposal Squad was called in to check if there was any more explosive material there.

 

Residents of the area said the explosion was so powerful that it shook everyone. Children started shouting and families rushed out of their houses fearing that it might be an earthquake.

 

The police also claimed to have found some pamphlets and sketches of people belonging to a political group from the scene of the blast. During rescue work, it was learnt that some suspects had been staying in the house.

 

The police took the injured suspects to hospital under tight security. The body of a man identified as Zulfiqar Kolachi, said to be the party’s area head, was also recovered from there.

 

After the blast, some senior police officials, including DIG East Shaukat Ali Shah, reached the spot to collect evidence.

 

Provincial Police Officer Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari said that the explosion took place at a hideout of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (Shafi Burfat Group), in which the party’s area head, Zulfiqar Kolachi, was killed. Three suspects arrested from the spot were being interrogated by the CID police, he said.

 

SP Mazhar Mashwani of the CID Investigation said that the blast occurred when the criminals were preparing some device.

 

Among the three arrested suspects, Faisal is a student of BBA at Urdu University and hails from Larkana, while the two injured suspects were identified as Ismail and Sadar Deen. The house in question belonged to Sadar Deen, who had purchased it about one-and-a-half years ago.

 

During interrogation, the suspects revealed that the bomb was in the final stage of being made, but suddenly its pin slipped from the groove and the device exploded.

 

Another political group had announced a rally and the suspect were allegedly preparing to carry out small blasts at police stations, particularly in Shah Latif, Ibrahim Hyderi and Zaman towns, the suspects said.

 

Zulfiqar Kolachi had earlier been arrested by police some eight months ago but later he was bailed out. He hailed from Larkana and was living in the Pipri area of Bin Qasim Town.