KARACHI–A loud blast targeting a Rangers mobile near Qalandria Chowk in North Nazimabad killed two paramilitary officials and injured another on Friday evening while they were on regular patrolling duty.
According to initial media reports, three Rangers personnel were injured in the blast. Two officials succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. The deceased officials have been identified as Qasim and Yaar Mohammad.
SP Gulberg has confirmed that it was a suicide blast targeting Rangers mobile. He added that security authorities have cordoned off the area and are investigating the blast side for possible evidences.
Two civilians were also injured in the blast identified as Akram and Syeda.
The explosion was so loud that it was heard in far-reaching areas of North Nazimabad and F B Area, media reported. Following the attack a sense of panic spread in the area as people rushed to safety.
Local residents said the explosion was very loud and for a moment they couldn’t figure what had happened. I took them a while to realise that it was a blast. Soon after the blast ambulances, rescue officials and police mobiles were seen arriving at the blast site, the locals added.
Earlier today, two people were killed in an explosion that took place after Friday prayers outside the Saleh Mosque for the Bohra community, close to Pakistan Chowk.
Rangers have been the target of such attacks in the past. In November 2014, an explosion targeting a Rangers vehicle in Karachi’s Baldia Town Sector Four injured four people.
In May 2014, an attack on the Rangers HQ in Karachi resulted in the injuries of at least five Rangers personnel.
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