A powerful bomb struck a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in the Shahrah-i-Faisal street of Karachi on Friday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 50 more. Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Sindh Province’s Health Minister has confirmed the death toll.
Reportedly, a suicide terrorist drove his bomb-laden motor cycle into the bus, causing the explosion. Women and children were among the dead and it is said that a lot of the injured people were in critical condition.
About two hours later, another bomb blast occurred in Karachi near the Jinnah Hospital, where people injured in the earlier explosion were being treated. Accounts given by Imran Ahmad, an eye witness, confirmed that the explosion took place outside the entrance to the hospital’s emergency ward.
There has been no official confirmation yet on the number of casualties from the second attack, but several sources say that at least 10 people had been killed. The death toll could rise as hundreds of people had gathered near the Jinnah hospital to protest against the government and police, and according to CNN, riots broke out after the second blast hampering emergency personnel to efficiently help the casualties.