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12 of a family killed in Karachi grenade attack

15 Aug 2021 - 09:20
15 Aug 2021 - 09:20

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A dozen people have been killed and several others wounded in a grenade attack on a mini-truck in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, officials say.

The attack, which one source called an act of terrorism, occurred in the Baldia neighbourhood in limits of the Madina Colony police station.

Dawn quoted a police officer as saying: “We are investigating the incident from different angles to ascertain whether the perpetrators were terrorists from some ethnic group or an extremist group.”

Karachi police chief Imran Yaqoob Minhas told reporters the aspect of personal enmity was also being probed as all victims belonged to the same family.

Preliminary police investigations indicated the attackers were riding a motorcycle and the grenade exploded before falling into the vehicle.

The truck was carrying 20 to 25 people who were returning from a marriage ceremony in Baldia area, police said.

“We received 10 bodies — six women and four children — at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital,” said Dr Qarar Abbasi.

He added an almost equal number of the injured, including women and children, were evacuated to hospital. Two of the injured died during treatment.

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