Police said the explosion occurred in a gas pipeline crossing the drain, on which a building of a private bank was built.
At least 12 people were reportedly killed and dozens injured in an explosion in Pakistan’s Karachi city on Saturday, local media reported. Reports suggest the explosion occurred in a drain under a private bank near Paracha Chowk in the Shershah area of ââKarachi.
Station officer Zafar Ali Shah said the bank had received a notice to release the building so the drain could be cleaned, adding that gas build-up in the drain is believed to be the cause of the explosion, Dawn reported. Police said the explosion occurred in a gas pipeline crossing the drain, according to Geo TV.
Images of the blast shared on social media platforms show a damaged building and debris lying at the site of the blast.
Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said it was not immediately clear what ignited the gas and that a team of explosives experts had been summoned to investigate, The Associated Press reported.
The spokesperson added that the powerful explosion shattered the windows of neighboring buildings and severely damaged a parked vehicle.
A second explosion also occurred during the rescue operation when a few electrical wires collided with the gas line, according to Geo News, but no loss of life was reported in the second incident.