Bomb blast kills 15, injures 100 in attack on Karachi police compound

Militants attacked a police compound in the heart of Pakistan’s largest city this evening, detonating a massive car bomb that levelled the building and killed at least 15 people.

The gang of around six gunmen managed to penetrate a high-security area of Karachi that is home to the U.S. Consulate, two luxury hotels and the offices of regional leaders.

According to a government spokeman, 15 people, including five police officers, were killed in the attack, which also left about 100 people injured.

The blast could be heard several miles away in the city of 14million people. It destroyed much of the multi-storey police building, damaged nearby houses and left a ten-foot crater in the road. The U.S. Consulate is about a mile away and survived the explosion undamaged.

‘We heard different kinds of firing for several minutes and then a deafening explosion,’ said witness Ali Hussain, who was covered in dust.

‘The roof of our house collapsed.’

Bloodied and dazed victims were taken to ambulances, some of them children pulled from the debris. Security officers searching through mangled bricks and iron, looking for survivors late into the night.

It was the first major attack against a government target outside the north west tribal regions of Pakistan for several months, showing the reach of Islamist militants seeking to overthrow the U.S.-allied Sindh government despite efforts to crack down on them over the last three years.


The gunmen first opened fired on the offices of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) before detonating a huge car bomb, said Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza. The building has a detention facility that was believed to be holding possibly militants.

The CID takes the lead in hunting down terrorists in Karachi. Earlier this week, the agency arrested six members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an Al Qaeda-linked group blamed for several high profile attacks in recent years. The suspects were in court earlier today.

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