One killed,13 injured as explosion rips through Saddar area, Karachi

At least one person was killed and thirteen were left injured in a blast that rocked the Saddar area of Karachi late Thursday night.

According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Sharjeel Kharal, several cars were also damaged during the blast, while the windows of the nearby buildings were shattered.

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Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab visited Jinnah Hospital to meet the injured, where he was briefed by the head of the facility, Dr Shahid Rasool, regarding the treatment being provided to the affectees. Wahab directed the hospital administration to provide the best medical care to the injured.

An emergency has been imposed in all public hospitals of Karachi, while hospital sources said that the people brought to the hospital sustained injuries caused by ball-bearings. Kharal mentioned that two government employees were among the injured.

The deceased has been identified as Umar Siddiqui, who worked at the Jinnah Hospital as a trainee operation theatre technician.

Dr Rasool confirmed that seven injured and a dead body were brought to the hospital, adding that the condition of one person was critical.