At least 10 people were injured in an explosion that occurred in a rickshaw in Chauburji area on Friday at around 11:25am, officials said.
“Ten persons have been injured including the driver of the rickshaw. All sustained minor injuries. All of the injured were walking near the rickshaw at the time of the blast,” he said.
In a statement released by the CTD spokesperson, the official said that a passenger had boarded the rickshaw and got down at Samanabad after paying the fare. “The passenger was carrying a shopping bag which he probably left in the rickshaw,” said the official, adding that the driver “had not noticed it”.
According to the statement, the driver parked his rickshaw on Multan Road and got off to relieve himself nearby. That is when the blast occurred.
The statement said that based on the Bomb Disposal Squad and Punjab Forensic Science Agency staff’s initial assessment, the blast could have come from an Improvised Explosive Device. “Weight and nature (of the explosive device) will be determined later on after analysis,” it added.
Deputy Inspector General Inam Waheed, who oversees investigations, while speaking to the media said that the police’s initial impression was that it was a blast from a gas cylinder. “After investigating, we discovered that was not the case.”
“We have also retrieved some ball bearing from the crime scene,” he added. He said that though nothing final could be stated at this point, “we can estimate that 3-5kg of explosives were used”.