KARACHI: An explosion occurred Friday inside a closed private bank branch in Nazimabad, causing property damage, police said.
The explosion was so strong that it was heard from a distance, sparking fear among the inhabitants. However, it was caused by the concentration of chemicals in an underground water tank, bomb disposal experts said.
The Paposh Nagar police said the “blast occurred near Khilafat Chowk at Askari Bank, Paposh Branch.” The branch, however, was closed and no injuries were confirmed. It affected the shutter and the windowpanes.
Personnel from the police and rangers raced to the site and a team from the explosive disposal unit was called to investigate the location and assess the nature of the blast.
SSP-Central Murtaza Tabasum omitted the prospect of any crime of sabotage or terror.
He said the blast took place inside a tank as the bank was housed in a residential building because of the buildup of gases.
He said that because of the public holiday, no guards were present at the bank.
He said the incident had destroyed one car parking outside the bank.
SHO Area Farhan Sarwar said the BDS submitted its investigation claiming that the blast was triggered by gas buildup in the building’s underground water tank. The walls and a part of the bank were destroyed due to the effects of the blast.
Three hurt in explosion
On Friday evening, three people were injured in an explosion caused by a gas leak in the Liaquatabad district.
Police said Arsalan, 27, Naveed, 23, and Faisal, 30 had sustained burn injuries and were taken to the Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi burns centre for treatment.
Area SHO Liaquat Hayat confirmed that they all sustained minor injuries and were released after first aid.
Celebratory firing kills man
According to the police, a man was killed when unknown individuals resorted to shooting into the air in jubilation during a wedding in Quaidabad on Friday night.
Fazal Kabir, they said, sustained serious bullet wounds and died on the spot.
The body was transferred to the medico-legal formalities of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Man shot dead on city’s outskirts
According to the police, a young man who survived an assault on his life in which his wife was killed a few months earlier was shot dead on Friday on the outskirts of town.
They added that Ameer Zaman, 35, was killed by unknown men inside the Ibrahim Goth cattle farm near Ghaghar Phatak. The body was sent to the JPMC to carry out legal formalities.
The police called the killing a product of some personal enmity.
Steel Town SHO Mumtaz Marwat said it transpired during initial inquiries that after 10 years of marriage, the survivor had divorced his first child.