2 Pakistan navy sailors among 5 dead in bomb attack
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, April 28, IRNA -- At least two sailors of Pakistan Navy were killed and nine other employees were injured in a bomb attack on a Navy bus in the port city of Karachi on Thursday, a navy spokesman and police said.
A passerby was also killed in the attack, police said.
Deputy Inspector General Police, Iftikhar Tarar, said that preliminary investigation suggests that the bomb was attached to a motorcycle and was exploded through remote control. He said nearly three kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.
Thursday’s blast is the third attack on Pakistan navy bus in Karachi this week. Four employees of Pakistan navy were killed and over 50 injured in the previous twin attacks on Tuesday.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack. The government blames such attacks on suspected militants.
A Baloch insurgent group had reportedly taken responsibility for the two previous attacks on the two navy buses in Karachi.
A navy spokesman confirmed that two Navy’s sailors were killed and nine navy employees were injured in the attack on Karachi’s main Faisal Avenue. He said 11 navy personnel were onboard the bus at the time of the attack. Several passersby were also injured.
TV footage showed the white-color bus was surrounded by heavily armed paramilitary troops and police and navy investigators collecting evidences.
The navy spokesman reports said that junior employees of the Pakistan navy were heading to work in the bus when came under attack. Reports said the bomb exploded when it was taking a turn near a petrol station.
Paramilitary soldiers and navy police rushed to the attack site and shifted the injured to hospitals. They also blocked the road for traffic. Several cars and motorcycles were damaged in the blast.
Reports said that 35 navy employees were on board when came under attack and witnesses said they saw injured employees with bleeding and lying on the road.
A nearby petrol station was also damaged in the attack, witnesses said. Several people at the petrol station were injured.
The blast caused traffic jam on the busy road and the police diverted traffic to alternate routes. Several cars and motorcycles were damaged in the attack, witnesses said.
Analysts say that suspected militants and anti-government insurgents hit soft targets in their deadly campaign. Some of the view that attacks on navy buses ares surprising as naval forces are not directly involved in the operations against the militants.
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