Police suspect man killed in blast was carrying hand grenade which exploded in his hand

A representational image of a blast. — Reuters/File
A representational image of a blast. — Reuters/File

KARACHI: A suspected terrorist is said to be killed in a blast that has reportedly injured two others in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s Haji Lemo Goth, police confirmed Wednesday.

As per Deputy Inspector General Police (DIG) East Captain (retd) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar, the perpetrator of the blast was carrying a grenade, which exploded in his hand injuring two others, including a minor girl.

The police officer further said that the person killed in the explosion is suspected to be the one who held the grenade.

The incident comes, hours after Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) senior leader Hafiz Hamdullah survived a gun attack in Chaman, as the run-up to Pakistan’s general elections has been marred with violence including scores of terrorist attacks targeting political parties as well as independent candidates.

Earlier in the day, at least 28 people were killed and around 50 were wounded in two separate blasts in Balochistan’s Pishin and Killa Saifullah.

At least 14 people lost their lives in the Pishin blast which targeted the office of independent candidate Asfand Yar Khan Kakar’s office in the Khanozai area. The explosion was followed by another attack on the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) office in the Killa Saifullah district, killing 12 people.

Following the incidents, the provincial government announced a three-day mourning period to mourn the loss of lives in both attacks.

The provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have faced the brunt of a surge in terror incidents in recent months — which have seen electioneering activities and political figures being targeted in recent weeks.

Last month an independent candidate Rehan Zeb Khan was shot dead in KP’s Bajaur district, whereas an Awami National Party (ANP) worker was killed in a gun attack in Chaman.

Before that, at least four people lost their lives after a blast targeted a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) rally in Balochistan’s Sibi.

So far people belonging from National Party’s (NP) Lala Abdul Rasheed, Senator Kohda Akram Dashti, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) candidate for NA-258 Aslam Buledi and former member of the National Assembly and National Democratic Movement (NDM) leader Mohsin Dawar came under attack in different areas across the country. 

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