Karachi: Three persons were killed and several others injured in two bombings on Wednesday in an area of the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi that has witnessed a string of terror attacks. Two persons, including a policeman, were injured when unidentified attackers targeted a police van with a low intensity explosive device in Sohrab Goth area of Karachi Wednesday evening.
A short while later, a powerful bomb went off near a mosque in the same area. Three persons were killed and several others injured by the blast, police and rescue service officials said.
The bomb was attached to a motorcycle that was parked in the area, police officials said. Rescue workers collected body parts from the site.
The first bombing occurred half a kilometre away from the site of the second blast.
The dead and injured were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Police and paramilitary personnel cordoned off the area while members of a bomb disposal squad conducted a search for more bombs.
The first bombing occurred half a kilometre away from the site of the second blast. There was a gap of about 20 minutes between the blasts, police officials said.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks. Sohrab Goth area is home to a large number of Afghan refugees and Pashtuns who have moved to Karachi from the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and tribal areas.
Several reports have said that the Taliban have a strong presence in the area. There have been a string of attacks on police and paramilitary forces in Sohrab Goth since 2012.
A worker in a polio eradication campaign was gunned down in the area 2012. On Tuesday, suspected Taliban fighters attacked a police station in the area and took away two prisoners after killing policeman.