Gas explosion in Karachi nullah; no casualties reported

Gas explosion in Karachi nullah; no casualties reported

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A powerful gas explosion occurred in a nullah near Paracha Chowk in Karachi’s Shershah area on Friday, police officials said, adding that no casualties have so far been reported.

The police stated that the occupation of the open channel has been cleared, and further investigations into the explosion are underway.

It is worth mentioning that an explosion near the same location last month killed at least 16 people and injured more than ten others.

PTI MNA Alamgir Khan’s father was among those who passed away in the explosion last month.

A spokesperson for the Karachi Police, quoting the bomb disposal unit’s report, had said the blast took place in a gas pipeline running through a nullah located in the area, causing immense damage to the building of a private bank that was constructed atop it.

The spokesperson had noted that so far, there was no lead suggesting that the blast might be linked to terrorism.

On the other hand, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), in a statement, had said that its team had confirmed that there was “no SSGC gas pipeline” in the area. 

“The gas pipelines installed in the area are safe and they have not incurred any damage.”

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