Karachi: A powerful blast ripped through a multistory building in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others, police and rescuers said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, but it appeared to be an accidental explosion, likely caused by the ignition of a cooking gas canister.
Officials believe the blast occurred on the second floor of the building as eyewitness accounts state that the windows of nearby buildings, and even some vehicles passing by, got damaged due to the impact.
Some people were still trapped under the rubble, according to Saad Edhi, a spokesman for the Edhi ambulance service. Sajid Sadozai, a senior police officer in Karachi, confirmed that three people had died.
TV footage showed rescuers digging through the remains of a collapsed building.