A blast in Karachi’s Shershah area, on Saturday killed 11 people and injured 13 others, according to a statement by the police. Police further said that the explosion happened in a drain located underneath a private bank.
The building of the bank, which had been given a notice to vacate the building, along with a nearby petrol pump were damaged as a result of the blast.
Soon afterward, the bomb disposal squad reached the site of the incident and started investigating the cause of the blast. Police said that the cause will be identified once the squad submits its report.
The report that was later released concluded that the blast occurred due to gas leakage and the accumulation of gases in the drain. The police have ruled out the suspicion of any terrorist activity.
Sindh Rangers also reached the site of the blast and cordoned off the area. The footage from the incident showed a damaged building and debris lying on the ground. Damaged vehicles could also be seen at the site of the explosion.
People could be seen trying to remove the rubble as there were reports of people being trapped under the debris.
Sindh Minister for Information and Labour Saeed Ghani also reached the site of the incident and said that a thorough investigation will be conducted.