At least three persons including two children were killed while three others injured in an apparent cylinder blast on Sunday in Neelum Colony of the metropolitan city.

According to rescue sources, five family members, including two children, were critically injured in the blast. They were rushed to Jinnah hospital where the two minors breathed their last during the treatment.

Nature of the blast could not be confirmed as police were investigating the incident. Police say it seems a gas cylinder has exploded in the house during preparation of food.

The deaths toll is increasing with every passing day due to repeated incidents of gas cylinder blasts but the concerned authorities are not taking any action to curb the explosions.