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KARACHI: At least three people were injured in an explosion at a shop in the neighborhood near Matric Board Office in Karachi’s North Nazimabad area, authorities stated.
The injured were soon rushed to a nearby hospital.
Authorities, including police, rescue personnel, and bomb disposal squad (BDS), immediately arrived at the blast scene to control the situation and attend the wounded.
The impact of the explosion shattered windows in nearby buildings, affecting multiple cars and motorcycles parked in the vicinity, while destroying at least three neighboring shops as well.
According to rescue sources, the blast was likely caused by gas that had leaked out of one of the two cylinders inside the burger shop and filled up inside. Both the cylinders, however, were safe and intact.
A fire consequently erupted that was doused by a fire brigade vehicle present at the scene within the hour.
Speaking to Geo News, Shakeel Sarfaraz, the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) for North Nazimabad, said that an investigation into the explosion was currently underway.
Media also spoke to an eyewitness, who was closing down his own shop for the day. Smoke billowed out in every direction after the blast, he related, adding that nearby shops were also impacted by the explosion.
The shop owner, who also arrived at the scene, confirmed to Geo News that both of the cylinders in his shop were intact but that one of them had less gas.
“An employee was running the shop today and I wasn’t here,” he said, adding that all of his life savings had been wiped out by the blast.
The BDS, on the other hand, said that further, definitive information will be made available in the morning.