Two die in Liaquatabad cylinder blast

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A man and a child were killed after a cylinder blast destroyed part of a five-storey building in Liaquatabad No 9, the police and rescue officials said.

The deceased were identified as 40-year-old Asif and eight-year-old Abdul Hadi.Asif was crossing the area when the blast occurred and his body was moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, while Abdul Hadi succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

Those injured in the explosion include a 25-year-old woman, Zain (6), Noor Fatima (2), Zainab (3), Danish (35) and an unidentified 30-year-old man, according to the Liaquatabad SHO.

The bomb disposal squad said that the blast occurred because of a short circuit in an apartment’s fifth storey.

The family living there had installed an air conditioner in one of their rooms in the morning.

The building was reportedly built on a 45 square yard plot. A team of the Sindh Building Control Authority has been called for inspection.

A motorcycle was completely crushed during the explosion.

“A cylinder exploded here and all these things came crashing down,” an eyewitness, who identified himself as Rizwan, told the media.

“It injured the ones at the top of the building as well as the passersby.”