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December 4, 2018

Explosion in early hours jolts DHA out of sleep

Karachi

December 4, 2018

An explosion was heard in the upmarket DHA neighbourhood at 3:22am on Monday. The blast occurred in a stolen car parked in an empty plot on Khayaban-e-Mujahid.

South Zone police chief DIG Javed Alam Odho suspected that a bomb might have been planted in the car, adding that there was no casualty and that the fire caused by the explosion had been extinguished.

He said the impact of the blast would have intensified if the gas cylinders in the vehicle had also exploded. If a bomb was planted in the car, the terrorists’ motive might have been to spread fear.

District South Investigation-I SSP Tariq Dharejo said that apparently three kilograms of explosives were used for the explosion, adding that the bomb might have been fixed to the cylinders, but they did not blow up.

He said the police were trying to gather footage from nearby cameras to identify the suspects, adding that they had not found any clue linking the incident to the Chinese consulate attack. He said that no organisation had claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Bomb disposal squad experts said they are yet to prepare a report on the blast. According to their initial findings, there were five LPG cylinders in the car in addition to the vehicle’s CNG cylinder.

“So far there is no evidence suggesting it was a cylinder blast, as all of the cylinders, even the car’s own CNG cylinder, remained unexploded,” said one of the experts. Investigators said a separatist party of Balochistan could have been behind the incident, adding that the police were questioning the suspects already detained in connection with the Chinese consulate attack.

The locals were asleep when the blast took place. “It woke me up,” said Sheharyar Ali, who lives about a kilometre away from the site of the explosion. “I also heard multiple gunshots before and after the blast.”

Investigators said they are also talking to the managements of nearby restaurants

because the food in the car suggested that the terrorists responsible for the blast might have made some purchases at one of the eateries.

The stolen car

Police said a car was stolen from the Jamshed Quarters area at around 7pm on Sunday, adding that a police complaint was registered within half an hour of the robbery. They said the car was destroyed in the explosion, adding that it was registered in the name of a man named Arshad Awan, while the complaint was filed by his sister Hina.

Darakhshan SHO Arshad Janjua said the car was first stolen in 2007 from the Boat Basin area and found in SITE Area five days later, adding that its current owner is a government employee who said he had bought the vehicle recently.

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