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21 Oct 2020 | 08:10 AM UTC

Pakistan: Multiple fatalities following explosion in Karachi residential building October 21

Pakistan News Alert

At least five dead and multiple injured following explosion in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on October 21; emergency response operations ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Gulshan-e-Iqbal (Karachi)

Event

At least five people were killed and 20 others injured on the morning of Wednesday, October 21, in a large explosion at a multi-storey residential building in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area of Karachi. The building, near Maskan Chowrangi, was significantly damaged in the blast, with debris falling into the street and damaging several vehicles parked nearby. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, but authorities have suggested that it may have been the result of a gas or cooking cylinder explosion.

Localized disruptions are likely to continue throughout Wednesday in the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area as emergency response operations continue. Roads around the site are likely to be closed for several days as the damaged building is demolished.  

Advice

Those in Karachi are advised to monitor developments, avoid the Gulshan-i-Iqbal area in the near term due to localized disruptions, and heed any instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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