A bomb exploded at the main entrance of a college in the Jinnah Road region of the city, killing four people and injuring 16 others, on Thursday night.
Unknown perpetrators installed an improvised explosive device near the Science College main gate and detonated it with a remote control at 9.40 p.m., killing four people and injuring 16 others, according to police.
According to them, the blast was targeted at Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-Ideological group) officials and workers who had come to the party’s student wing’s Shuhada Conference.
“The huge explosion occurred as the conference participants were exiting the campus at the conclusion of the session,” a Counter Terrorism Department spokesman said.
All of the deceased and injured were JUI-Ideological seminary students and workers.
Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni, the party’s provincial emir, Maulana Mehmood-ul-Hussan Kazmi, Maulana Abdul Sattar Chishti, and other leaders were unharmed in the blast because they had fled the college grounds moments before it happened.
After cordoning off the area, police and other law enforcement officials went to the blast site and moved the deceased and injured to a civil hospital, where a state of emergency was declared.
“We have received four bodies and 19 injured,” Dr Javed Ahmed, the civil hospital’s medical superintendent, told Dawn, adding that four of the injured were in critical condition.
The bomb disposal team went to the blast scene and collected evidence. “It was a remote-controlled IED,” a senior BDS official explained, adding that the device was planted beside a car parked outside the college’s main gate.
The bomb caused damage to several vehicles and motorcycles, as well as shattered windowpanes in surrounding buildings.
Mohammad Akram, Sharfuddin, Younas Agha, and Hafiz Mohammad Akram were among the victims.
Mohammad Idrees, Mansoor Ahmed, Noor Mohammad, Sanaullah, Habibullah, Mohammad Ramzan, Zahoor Ahmed, Mohammad Farooq, Bilal Mohammad, Naqibullah, Najeebullah, Azizullah, Nadir, Jamil Ahmed, and Abdul Hadi were among those who were hurt.
The attack was not claimed by any group.