Karachi: Four security personnel were killed and five persons injured when a powerful explosion ripped through a security forces vehicle in this southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Wednesday. The explosion occurred near an office of the Pakistan Rangers at Korangi area of Karachi at about 7:30 pm.
Three Pakistan Rangers personnel were killed instantly while another died later in hospital, security officials said. Five injured persons were being treated at Jinnah Hospital and one of them was in a serious condition, officials said.
A security forces van was destroyed by the blast. Deputy Inspector General of Police Tahir Naveed told reporters that the blast had targeted the security forces vehicle. He said the attack could have been carried out in retaliation to an operation launched by security forces against criminals and terrorists in Karachi.
Footage on television showed the body of one paramilitary personnel, covered with a white sheet, lying on a stretcher outside Jinnah Hospital. Reports said the explosive device was triggered by remote control.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Over the past few days, the Pakistan Rangers and police have targeted members of the Taliban and other banned groups in several parts of Karachi, the country's largest city.
Security personnel arrested several militants and seized sophisticated weapons and explosives during the crackdown.