At least one woman died and 11 others sustained injuries in an explosion on Karachi’s MA Jinnah road, police said on Monday.

Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital Dr Rubina confirmed the death of the woman in the blast, saying that the condition of the four injured is critical.

According to preliminary investigation, an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a motorcycle to target a police vehicle.

The blast damaged a number of motorbikes, a rickshaw and a police van.

Havoc ensues as a blast claims a woman’s life and injures at least 11 others on MA Jinnah Road, Karachi. Police suspect that an IED device was planted in a motorcycle; this is the third bomb blast in the metropolis this month.#etribune #news #KarachiBlast pic.twitter.com/h2BK1TOKWl
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) May 16, 2022

In view of the emergency situation, the bomb disposal squad personnel have also reached the blast site.

Rescue sources said police personnel were also among the injured.

The police have cordoned off the area and further investigation is underway.

BREAKING NEWS: Blast on MA Jinnah Road, near Memon Masjid Karachi. At least three have been injured. #etribune #news #karachi pic.twitter.com/oXYfJZLtNa
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) May 16, 2022

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the blast that took place in the Kharadar locality of the metropolis.

He directed the Sindh police chief to submit a detailed report on the incident and also ordered the district administration to reach the spot and carry out rescue work.

An emergency has been declared at the Civil Hospital on the order of the chief minister, the spokesperson said.

Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab said in a tweet that the number of injured increased to 11 while four are critically injured.

Number of people injured has increased to 11 while unfortunately 1 lady (Sania w/o Khalid) has expired https://t.co/7BYHqTnt9d
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) May 16, 2022

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the blast in Karachi and offered condolences to the family of the deceased woman and 11 injured persons.

The PM directed to immediately arrest the culprits involved in the deadly incident and assured the Sindh government of the Centre’s all-out support for defeating the menace of terrorism.

“All provinces should improve security arrangements to protect the lives and property of the people,” the statement quoted the premier as saying.

وزیراعظم شہباز شریف کی کراچی ایم اے جناح روڈ، بولٹن مارکیٹ کے قریب دھماکے کی مذمت
وزیراعظم شہباز شریف کا جان بحق خاتون کے اہل خانہ اور 11 زخمی افراد سے اظہار ہمدردی
وزیراعظم کی ملوث عناصر کی جلد گرفتاری کی ہدایت، وفاق کی جانب سے سندھ حکومت کو مکمل معاونت کی یقین دہانی @CMShehbaz pic.twitter.com/gyA29Kj7QU
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) May 16, 2022

No group has claimed the responsibility for the blast.

(With additional input from News Desk)

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