Jul 07

Lahore: Blast at Old Anarkali food street leaves 3 dead, 34 injured

Blast in LahoreLAHORE: At least three persons including a six year old girl were killed and scores more were injured when a bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in Old Anarkali area here on Saturday night,

Police said a timed device was used to detonate the bomb planted outside a restaurant in Old Anarkali’s food street.

“Around 5-6 kilogramme explosive was used in the bomb hidden under the one of the dining tables or some other part of the restaurant, however no crater was formed after the blast”, said a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) official.

The restaurant, which was full of happy diners relishing their favourite savories, turned into a mess of torn furniture with food all over the place in the wake of the blast.

According to sources, at least 37 injured were rushed to Mayo Hospital from the blast site, but three of them could not survive.

Hospital sources say at least ten of the injured are critical.

An emergency has been declared in the Mayo Hospital, which is one of the biggest healthcare facilities in Lahore.

Some of the injured were also shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and Services Hospital but figures are not available as yet.

Old Anarkali is one of the most populous as well as most frequented areas of Lahore, which is famous for its variety of eateries being the oldest food street of the city.

Rescue teams and law enforcement officials have reached the blast site.

A number of neighbouring shops and vehicles parked outside the unfortunate restaurant were also damaged in the blast.
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Jul 11

Karachi: One killed, 20 hurt in SUPARKO bus blast

A man was killed while more than 20 were injured during a blast in the area of Mawach Goth.One killed, 20 hurt in SUPARKO bus blast

According to sources, a remote control device had been installed with a bicycle near a bus in the said area on Wednesday.

The bus was carrying employees of SUPARCO when the bomb exploded, killing one man on the spot.

One person was killed and more than 20 people were injured who were shifted to Murshid Hospital, whereas six were taken to Civil Hospital with four of them critical. According to hospital sources, five people were in critical condition.

Most of the injured were Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) employees.

According to SSP Amir Farooqui, SUPARCO bus was the likely target of this attack. “The bus was damaged in the attack, which makes us believe it was the primary target of this improvised explosive device (IED) attack,” he said.

Rangers, police, and SUPARCO officials also reached the spot.