A blast ripped through Karachi’s crowded Bolton Market in Kharadar on Monday evening, leaving one woman dead and nearly a dozen people, including three police officers, wounded.

Officials said that a police vehicle was the target as three officials, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED), planted in a motorcycle, was detonated.

The woman was travelling in a rickshaw with her child when the blast occurred. She was rushed to a hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds. 

An emergency has been imposed across all public healthcare facilities in the metropolis. 

Following the blast, a fire brigade reached the site and doused the flames.

Eyewitnesses said that the sound of the blast was heard in faraway areas.

It was the second blast in four days. In the earlier incident in Saddar area, a man was killed and 13 others injured.

Later, Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab identified the deceased as Sania, wife of Khalid.

Motorcycles and automobiles, including a police vehicle, were damage as people tried to put out fire.

A press release from the Karachi police’s media cell said that Assistant Sub-Inspector Badaruddin was among the injured, adding that he was “out of danger”.

“One police pick up and a few other vehicles are damaged in the incident. Crime scene unit has secured the place of incident. BD (bomb disposal) team is working to establish the nature of explosion,” the press release said.

PM SHEHBAZ: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast and said that enemies of people’s lives and property would be “dealt with iron hands”.

In a statement, he expressed grief and condoled with the family of the deceased woman and the injured people and directed the chief minister to provide the best medical facilities to the injured.

PM Shehbaz gave directions to arrest the elements involved in the incident immediately. He assured the Sindh government that the federal government would extend its full support.

“All provinces should improve the security arrangements to ensure protection of lives and property of the people,” he said.

The chief minister sought a report from Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar on the incident.

Former Sindh governor Imran Ismail condemned the incident and called for immediate medical aid to be provided to those injured.

“Anti-peace forces have once again become active in Karachi. The recent incidents are part of a well planned conspiracy,” he said.

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