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Deadly explosion hits busy road (VIDEOS) — Analysis

A blast in Karachi has left at least one dead and 13 injured after it occurred.

An explosion that occurred in Saddar, a bustling neighbourhood in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday left one person dead and thirteen others injured. According to Deputy Inspector General South Sharjeel Kharal, the explosion in Pakistan’s biggest city resulted from an IED (improvised explosive device) that was hidden in a motorbike on Dr Daud Pota Road.

The scene is captured on video and posted to social media. It shows the sudden flash, followed by the billowing smoke that causes people to flee. Others show numerous wrecked vehicles and motorbikes as well as snarling traffic, all while emergency personnel attempt to get into the chaotic scene.

Local media were told by another source that the IED in the bike was remotely detonated. At the time, a government vehicle was believed to have been passing by.

Karachi’s public hospitals have had an emergency declared, and one hospital reportedly has four individuals in serious condition with injuries caused by ball bearings. 

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A bomb disposal team has been called to the area, and the police’s counter-terrorism department is reportedly at the scene.

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