KARACHI - Two activist of Shia organisation Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) were killed and more than one dozen injured in a powerful bomb blast near Safari Park, after Friday prayer.

An ISO-led procession, coming from the Karachi University, was on its way to Numaish Chowrangi to join the main rally of the Youm-e-Quds. As the rally participants – on motorcycles, cars and a passenger bus – reached near the Safari Park, the bomb planted at roadside went off with a loud bang.

The bomb, planted at a footpath along the KESC sub-station near the main gate of the park, also damaged the bus and a car. Youm-e-Quds rally is organised every year on the last Friday of Ramazan. The rally was scheduled to begin from Numaish Chowrangi and conclude at Tibbet Centre.

Those who died were identified as Manzur Hussain and Imtiaz Ali while the injured included Abdul Wahid, Mehdi Hassan, Ashraf Hussain, Ali Haider, Abdul Qadir, Nizamuddin, Rahat, Murtaza Kazmi, Minhaj and Wasood.

Following the explosion, rangers and police as well as volunteers from various welfare associations reached the site and shifted the victims to the different hospitals. The law enforcers also cordoned off the area. Police investigators suspected the involvement of outlawed militant organisations Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan in the vicious attack.

BDS experts said the remote-controlled bomb contained two-and-a-half kilogram highly explosive martial and contained ball bearings. They said it had resemblance with the bombs used to target the Rangers personnel in the recent days in a city.

The ISO men also gathered on the main university road and staged a protest against the incident. They along with other Shia organisations also staged a protest demonstration at main Numaish Chowrangi and shouted slogans against the law enforcement agencies and outlawed organisations, demanding the government arrest the culprits.

Some unidentified persons also restored to indiscriminate firing during the protest while the law enforcers were unable to maintain the law and order. The angry mob also burnt tyres on the road and blocked the traffic for hours.

Two killed in ISO rally blast in Karachi