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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The death toll from a sewer gas explosion in southern Pakistan has risen to 17

The death toll from a sewer gas explosion in southern Pakistan has risen to 17

Key takeaways:

  • According to police, the death toll from a sewer gas explosion in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, has risen to 17, with some critically injured people dying overnight and on Sunday.
  • A roadside bomb killed two people in the country’s northwest and injured three others in a passing vehicle on Sunday. 

The death toll from a sewer gas explosion in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, has risen to 17, police said, adding that some critically injured people died overnight and Sunday.

Initially, 12 people were killed, and 11 others were injured in a gas explosion in a sewage system in Pakistan’s commercial capital on Saturday.

According to senior police officer Sarfaraz Nawaz Shaikh, the loss of people’s lives and property could be attributed to human construction errors over the sewer. According to him, the number of people injured has risen to 16.

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THE BLAST DESTROYED the HBL bank building, which was built over the sewer. According to Mukhtar Abro, a local administrator, the building was one of several ordered to vacate after breaking building codes. The structures will be demolished in the coming weeks.

Many sewage channels in the city have been illegally covered by erecting concrete structures on top of them.

A roadside bomb killed two people in the country’s northwest and injured three others in a passing vehicle on Sunday. The vehicle was destroyed in the blast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to police officer Abdus Samad. 

Death Toll in Southern Pakistan Sewer Gas Blast Jumps to 17
The death toll from a sewer gas explosion in southern Pakistan has risen to 17. Image from The Epoch Times

A search operation has started to find the perpetrators of the bombing. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion near the Afghan border.

Two people were killed, and six others were injured when gunmen opened fire in the Karak district of the same province on Sunday. 

The violence occurred at a polling station during a local government election, according to police official Akbar Khan. Other minor clashes were reported in connection with the election, but no one was hurt.

Source: CTV News

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