At least four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed and several injured in a car explosion inside the premises of the University of Karachi, Geo News reported on Tuesday, 26 April.
They were identified as Confucius Institute Director Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sa and the Pakistani driver, Khalid, news agency PTI reported university spokesperson as saying.
As per the official, two others, namely Wang Yuqing and Hamid, were among the injured in the incident.
While the police have yet to determine the cause of the attack, separatist Baloch Liberation Army has indicated that the van was attacked by a female suicide bomber, BBC reported. The separatist group is resistant to the Chinese investment in Pakistan.
The blast took place at 1:52 pm in a van near the Confucius Institute – a Chinese language teaching centre – at the university. Following the explosion, rescue and security agencies reached the location and cordoned off the areas, initiating rescue operations.
The police said that at least seven-eight people were estimated to be in the car but the exact number of casualties is yet to announced.
Three people, who sustained injuries, including a foreigner, a rangers’ officer and a private guard, have been moved to a private hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, hospital officials told Geo TV.
East Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Muqaddas Haider said that nothing definitive about the cause can be said at the moment. However, the Gulshan Superintendent of Police (SP) said that an investigation is underway on whether the blast was a terrorist act or an accident.
(With inputs from PTI and BBC.)