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Pakistan: Gas explosion in sewer kills 12 and injures 10

Sewer pipes exploded underneath a bank building (Image: AFP/AP)

A gas explosion in a sewage system in Pakistan has killed at least 12 people and injured 11 others.

Powerful explosions rocked Karachi, the country’s largest city, on Saturday.

It was apparently caused by something igniting in the gas that had accumulated in the sewer beneath a local bank building.

The explosion destroyed the building above and damaged several cars parked nearby.

Pictures on local TV showed the floor of the bank blown up and furniture submerged in sewage below.

Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said it was not clear what ignited the gas, but a team of explosives experts had been called in to investigate.

Dr Sabir Memon at Karachi Trauma Center said 10 people were killed and 13 others injured, at least three in critical condition. He said some of the injured were sent to the intensive care unit.

Senior police officer Sarafar Nawaz Shaikh later said two of the injured had died at the hospital, bringing the death toll to 12.

Shaikh said investigators did not rule out the possibility that the blast was the work of militants. “We will release a clear version once the explosives experts have finished their work,” he said.

Witness Mohammad Sameer said he was in a crowded bank branch shortly before the explosion but left shortly before the explosion.

He said he rushed back to the damaged shore to rescue the victim. “Thank God, I would have left the site otherwise I would have been among those affected,” he said.

Many sewage channels in the city have been covered up, largely illegally, by building concrete structures over them.

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