At least four people have been killed in a bomb attack in Pakistan city of Karachi, according to provincial officials. 30 others were also injured in the blast, with five in critical conditions.
According to Senior police officer, Abdul Khaliq Sheikh, Friday’s attack took place outside a mosque in the upscale Clifton neighbourhood in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, AP news agency reports.
Sindh’s police chief, Iqbal Mehmood said the explosion had been caused by 10kg of explosives planted on a rickshaw. Speaking from the blast site, he said the attack targeted provincial government officials, Al Jazeera reported.
“The way in which this incident came about, different people were hit by it, including those who had just been offering Friday prayers” said Sagheer Ahmed, the province’s health minister.
Although nobody has claimed responsibility, Friday’s attack was blamed on the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) by provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon.
“You know that ever since the ceasefire has ended, the whole country is in threat” he told reporters.