KARACHI Another victim of Karachi’s Shershah blast succumbed to his injuries at a hospital Sunday morning, pushing the death toll from the explosion to 17.
A day earlier, at least 16 people had been killed and more than a dozen others injured in a blast that took place at Paracha Chowk in the city’s Shershah neigbourhood.
PTI MNA Alamgir Khan’s father was among those to have died in the explosion, PTI-Karachi President MPA Khurram Sher Zaman had confirmed.
Earlier, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Accident Emergency and Trauma Centre head Dr Sabir Memon had confirmed that the hospital had received 14 bodies.
DIG South Sharjeel Kharal had said 10 injured people were discharged after necessary medical treatment, while six remain under observation, including two who were on the ventilator.
A spokesperson for the Karachi Police, quoting the bomb disposal unit’s report, had said the blast took place in a gas pipeline running through a nullah located in the area, causing immense damage to the building of a private bank that was constructed atop it.
The spokesperson had noted that there was no lead suggesting that the blast might be linked to terrorism.
The police believe that the blast occurred inside the sewerage line in Shershah due to the accumulation of gas. A case has been registered in connection with the blast on the behalf of the state through a police inspector.