An explosion in a sewerage line in Karachi’s Mehmoodabad area resulted in three people being injured.
Media reports citing Mehmoodabad Station House Officer Aijaz Pathan stated that the explosion happened in a sewerage line at Mehmoodabad’s Parsi gate due to gas accumulation.
Reportedly, a mechanic shop near the sewerage line has collapsed.
The three wounded have received minor injuries and are currently in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment.
Meanwhile, a bomb disposal squad is currently carrying out an investigation at the site of the explosion.
The blast comes following an explosion on at Karachi’s Paracha Chowk on December 18 which resulted in 17 deaths. The blast occurred in a nullah due to similar causes and resulted in the destruction of the bank which was above it.
One of the dead, Dilawar Khan, was the father of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Member of National Assembly Alamgir Khan (Founder Fixit) as confirmed by party leader Khurram Sher Zaman.
Police had initially said that a gas pipeline exploded next to a drainage pipeline under a private bank.
However, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited has denied that a gas pipeline had exploded.
A report by the bomb disposal squad, released later, stated that the explosion occurred due to leakage of gas and build-up of gases under the bank.
This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come. Early reports of such incidents may be liable to inaccuracies.