Huge gas explosion kills 12 and injures 11 more in tragic Pakistan blast

A huge gas explosion in a sewage system in southern Pakistan has killed at least 12 people and injured 11 others on Saturday, police and health officials said.

Sohail Jokhio, police spokesman, said the blast in Karachi was caused by something igniting the gas that had accumulated in the sewer beneath a local bank building.

The powerful blast destroyed the HBL bank building and the impact caused damage to several parked cars nearby.

Police have not ruled out whether it was the work of militants.

The blast, which occurred in the Shershah neighbourhood, blew out the floor of the building drowning the furniture in the sewage below.

Mr Jokhio said it was not yet clear what ignited the gas but a team of experts had been summoned to investigate.

Passerby Mohammad Sameer said he was in the crowded bank branch just moments before the blast but luckily left shortly before the explosion, Mail Online reports.

He reportedly ran back into the damaged building to rescue victims.

He said: "Thank God I left the venue otherwise I would also been among the affected ones."

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Dr. Sabir Memon from the Trauma Centre Karachi said 10 people were killed with a further 13 others injured.

At least three of the injured were in a critical condition and several were taken to the intensive care unit.

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

He claimed investigators were not ruling out the possibility the explosion was the work of militants.

"We will come up with a clear version once the explosives experts complete their job," he added.

Many sewage channels in the city have reportedly been covered by constructing concrete structures over them.

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