KARACHI, Pakistan — According to authorities and a health official, a gas explosion in a sewage system in Karachi killed at least ten people and injured 13 others on Saturday.
According to special assistant to the Prime Minister Dr. Shahbaz Gill, among the victims was MNA Alamgir Khan’s father. “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives of MNA Alamgir Khan’s father Dilawar Khan and other victims in Sher Shah incident”, says Shahbaz Gill in his tweet.
The explosion was reportedly triggered by something igniting gas that had gathered in a sewer beneath a bank building in Karachi’s Sher Sshah neighborhood, according to police spokesman Sohail Jokhio. The origin of the gas’s ignition is unknown, according to Jokhio, but a team of explosives experts have been dispatched to investigate.
Ten persons were killed and 13 others injured, according to Dr. Sabir Memon of the Trauma Center Karachi. At least three of the injured are in severe condition. Several people were rushed to the intensive care unit, he said.
According to Jokhio, windows in nearby buildings were shattered, and a parked vehicle was also damaged.
President Arif Alvi and Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail visited Alamgir’s residence to extend condolences.
Many of the city’s sewage channels have been covered, mostly illegally, by erecting concrete structures on top of them.