At least ten people have been killed including two children and several dozens sustained injuries in twin blasts near shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi, agencies reported on Thursday. Correct number of casualties is yet not determined. According to police reports the blasts occurred within the span of a few minutes.According to police reports the blasts occurred within the span of a few minutes. Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza has said that two heads have been found at the site. He maintained that the security at the site was not lax. He indicated that the blasts might be ‘suicidal’ in nature.
Both the blasts were occurred near walk-through gates of the tomb. Panic prevailed after the incident. Police and law enforcing agencies cordoned off the tomb and relief activities have been started. The injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals including Jinnah Hospital. Situation of some of the injured is stated to be critical.
Emergency has been imposed in Karachi hospitals and paramedical staff has been called. Rangers and heavy contingents of police have arrived at the blasts site where rescue activities are being carried out by emergency services.
The Mausoleum and Dargah of Abdullah Shah Ghazi is located in Clifton, neighbourhood of Saddar Town in Karachi. The incident has occurred on a day when President Asif Ali Zardari is in the metropolis. The shine is located not far from Bilawal House, residence of President Asif Ali Zardari in the city.
A large number of poor and deserving people as well as others gather at Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s shrine everyday and the number grows manifold, particularly, on Thursday.
BB Pak Daman shrine in Lahore has been closed after twin blasts in Abdullah Shah Ghazi; Karachi. Several attacks have targeted Pakistan’s mosques and shrines in recent years, many of them blamed on militant groups.
President Asif Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain have condemned the attacks. The Sunni Tehreek has announced a three day mourning.
Input from Agencies