At least five killed in Karachi bus blast

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Is­lam­abad: At least five per­sons were killed and nearly 50 oth­ers in­jured when a pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion ripped through a bus out­side a rail­way sta­tion in the south­ern Pak­istani port city of Karachi to­day, wit­nesses and of­fi­cials said.

Wit­nesses said the in­ci­dent oc­curred at a spot lo­cated less than a kilo­me­tre from Army House, the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of the Pak­istan Army chief when he vis­its Karachi.

The bus had just left a ter­mi­nal near the Can­ton­ment Rail­way Sta­tion when the blast went off.

Wit­nesses told TV news chan­nels that they had seen body parts ly­ing at the site. One man told re­porters a young boy was torn in two by the ex­plo­sion.

Five per­sons were killed, said Sagheer Ahmed, the health min­is­ter of Sindh province.

Of­fi­cials at Jin­nah Hospi­tal said they had re­ceived 48 in- Vol­un­teers carry a wounded pas­sen­ger fol­low­ing a blast in Karachi on Satur­day ju­red peo­ple and eight of them were se­ri­ous.

Women and chil­dren were among the in­jured. The ex­plo­sion hit sev­eral nearby shops, build­ings, mo­tor­cy­cles and cars.

Am­bu­lances rushed the in­jured to nearby hos­pi­tals. Footage on tele­vi­sion showed the bus on fire as a thick col­umn of smoke rose into the sky.

No group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast. Se­cu­rity forces cor­doned off area soon af­ter the ex­plo­sion. La­hore: Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing cough syrup be­lieved to have killed 33 peo­ple in east­ern Pak­istan in the past three days, a government of­fi­cial said on Satur­day, the sec­ond time in re­cent months that sus­pect medicine is thought to have caused mul­ti­ple deaths.

The deaths from the cough syrup oc­curred in Gu­jran­wala and vil­lages sur­round­ing the city, said Ab­dul Jab­bar Sha­heen, the top ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cial in Gu­jran­wala. An­other 54 peo­ple are be­ing treated at hos­pi­tals in the city who are also be­lieved to have con­sumed the syrup. Those in­volved are thought to be labour­ers or drug ad­dicts who drank the syrup to get high, said Sha­heen.

Chem­i­cal sam­ples col­lected from the vic­tims’ stom­achs con­tained dex­tromethor­phan, a syn­thetic mor­phine de­riv­a­tive used in cough syrup that can have mind- al­ter­ing ef­fects if con­sumed in large quan­ti­ties, said Sha­heen.

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