KARACHI - Two people were injured after a bomb exploded near Board Office in North Nazimabad area on Thursday.

According to sources, the blast took place at the board office near a Rangers checkpost in North Nazimabad. As per initial report, two persons were injured in the blast. However, the police and rescue teams rushed to the scene and the wounded were immediately rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where the doctors termed their condition out of danger. Heavy contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the spot along with the Bomb Disposal Squad experts. The law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area while the BDS experts examined the crime scene.

A car and a rickshaw were completely damaged in the blast. The police earlier suspected that the bomb was planted in the rickshaw while the BDS experts said the explosive material was placed near to the bridge. DIG West Feroz Shah, who visited the crime scene, said the explosive device was placed near the Ranger check-post. He said that investigation was underway and the culprits involved in the blast will be apprehended as soon as possible. Separately, at least ten vehicles were gutted after a fire erupted in a warehouse located near FTC Flyover within the remits of Sadder Police Station.

The police said that fire erupted in the bushes located near to a compound where vehicles of a private company were parked for reappearing.

Being informed, the firefighters rushed to the site and managed to extinguish fire after hectic efforts of two hours.

ACTION AGAINST BANNED

OUTFITS ACCELERATED

The security agencies have geared up crackdown against the outlawed terrorist organisations and arrested at least 12 suspects in raids carried out in Gulshan-e-Hadid, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Malir and Nagan Chowrangi areas.

Sources privy to the matter revealed the suspects were associated with defunct Jaish-e-Muhammad that is being accused of Phathan Kot attack in India. It has also been reported that the security agencies have also arrested a student of a private university from Nagan Chowrangi area for having association with the banded outfits.

The accused were shifted to unknown location for further interrogation.

The Rangers carried out search operations in Lyari and Old Subzimandi area and managed to arrest ten suspects, recovering weapons from them.

According to details, heavy contingents of Rangers cordoned off both the localities and during door to door search operation arrested some 10 suspects including gangsters and drug paddlers.

Meanwhile, New Karachi Industrial Area police claimed to have recovered 72-kg heroin in a raid conducted at drug paddler’ den located in Khamiso Goth, New Karachi. The police said that culprits involved in the business of drugs managed to escape while police recovered 72-kg heroin worth million of rupees.