Explosion occurred in the premises of University of Karachi claim lives of four people including three Chinese nationals, while four other sustained serious injuries.
According to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), it was a suicide blast and was carried out by a burqa-clad woman.
According to CCTV footage, explosion occurred at 1:52pm in a van near the Confucius Institute a Chinese language teaching center at University of Karachi. Following the blast, rescue and security agencies rushed to the blast site and cordoned off the areas and launch rescue operations.
The deceased Chinese nationals have been identified as the director of the Confucius Institute Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sai, and their Pakistani driver, Khalid.
According to Police sources the van entered the University of Karachi from the Maskan gate of the university.
Two injured have been identified as Chinese national Wang Yuqing and a security guard named Hamid. All of them were hospitalized and under treatment.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the deceased have been shifted to Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital for an autopsy.
The explosion was initially reported to have been caused by a gas cylinder. However, the police later said the blast could have been a suicide attack. Sources further added that the victims were returning to the Confucius Institute from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
Pakistan Primer Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
I am deeply grieved on the loss of precious lives including of our Chinese friends in the heinous attack in Karachi today. My heartfelt condolences go to the bereaved families. I strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism. The perpetrators will surely be brought to justice.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 26, 2022