Blast in Faisalabad CNG station, 17 dead
FAISALABAD: At least 17 people were killed and 75 others wounded in a bombing at a gas station in Faisalabad on Tuesday, DCO Faisalabad Naseem Sadiq told AFP.
“Now the death toll is 17. We have 75 wounded, three of them are in a critical condition,” city administration official Naseem Sadiq told AFP by telephone.
The blast set off gas cylinders at the station and the explosion destroyed or severely damaged nearby buildings and numerous vehicles.
“An explosive-laden car was parked at the CNG station,” Aftab Cheema, head of Faisalabad police, told reporters.
Speaking to Express 24/7, DCO Faisalabad Naseem Sadiq said that the incident was a terrorist attack although it is yet to be confirmed what material was used in the attack. ”We are starting excavation operations to extract the injured from the rubble,” said Sadiq.
Speaking to Express 24/7, RPO of Faisalabad Aftab Cheema also said the explosion was indeed a terrorist attack.
According to Express 24/7 correspondent Ejaz Hussain initial speculations had attributed the blast to an explosion in the boiler at the CNG station.
Ejaz reports that the area where the CNG station is situated is a very sensitive location as the station is surrounded by ISI and military offices.
Television footage showed immense damage. Hussain reported that a PIA building and an ISI building in the area were damaged. The nature of the explosion has not yet been ascertained.
Emergency has been declared at all hospitals while the injured have been shifted to Allied and Civil hospitals. Police, fire brigade and Rescue 1122 staff have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway.