3 persons injured in explosion at Murree Highway
Islamabad: Three persons including two men and one child, were injured when an explosive device went off in the median between the Murree Highway near village Malpur on the outskirts of Islamabad on the east side at around 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Two vehicles, one car and one motorbike were also damaged as a result of this blast, but apparently these were not hit by the splinters or fragments of the explosive device, but because the drivers of these vehicles, which happened to be very close to the blast site at the time it went off, lost control of their vehicles and hit the road side kerb stones.
The rescue parties and the explosive experts immediately rushed to the site. The injured were shifted to the hospital and the blast site was cordoned off by the Islamabad Police for investigations and want of evidence.
The police, quoting the statements of two bike riders, said that they were crossing the road from the green belt of the road divider on their bike (IDG-1314) when the bomb exploded. Both the bike riders were wounded badly and shifted to hospital. The police said that a Toyota Corolla car bearing registration number (JG-470-ICT) was also damaged and the driver of the car sustained minor injuries.
DIG Bani Ameen said that it could be one of those pieces of explosive material that flew off after the ‘Ojhri Ammunition Depot’ blast on April 10, 1988. But the circumstantial evidence indicate that it can not be so because the crater caused by this blast was too shallow and this whole road was turned into a dual-carriageway in the mid-1990s and heavy machinery was used for the construction of this road.