At least three journalists were injured during three consecutive explosions in Pakistan’s financial capital of Karachi on November 13, 2013.
The first explosion occurred near a shrine in the Pahar Ganj area where Shias were gathering at night to commemorate the holy month of Muharram to mourn the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussein, Agence France-Presse reported.
Law enforcers, rescue workers, bomb disposal squads, and media personnel rushed to the scene after the explosion, news reports said. An hour later, a second improvised explosive device exploded in the vicinity. The third explosion took place in North Karachi, where unidentified men hurled an IED outside a Shia gathering hall, injuring two policemen, according to local reports.
The English-language daily Dawn reported that CNBC reporter Khizruddin, CNBC photographer Syed Shariq Hussain, and Waqt TV reporter Raza Abdi were among those injured during the explosions. The journalists sought treatment for unspecified injuries at a nearby hospital.
Pakistan’s Central Investigation Department suggested that the suspects had links with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. At least 15 people were reported injured from three consecutive explosions, reports said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This case has been updated to reflect the fact that there were three consecutive bomb blasts.