KARACHI: A laboratory at the University of Karachi came to the conclusion on Monday that explosives were used to cause the collapse of a multi-story building in Gulshan-i-Iqbal in October, killing nine people and injuring 22 others, according to officials.
Initially, the police Bomb Disposal Squad said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, but SSGC denied it.
Gulshan-i-Iqbal SHO Safdar Mashwani said on Monday that investigators sent various pieces of evidence to KU’s HEJ Chemistry Research Institute, including a piece of pipe. The officer confirmed that police received a report from the KU lab, which revealed TNT explosive material was used in the October 21 blast. The officer said that in light of the new findings, the police would invoke the anti-terrorism law and the case would be referred to the Police Anti-Terrorism Department for investigation as it was an act of terror.
Based on the content of the report prepared by the HEJ Industrial Analysis Center and reviewed by Dawn, the police had delivered various packages containing various pieces and “an explosive substance (TNT) is in the package n ° 2”.
A senior police officer who had investigated cases of terrorism in the metropolis said Dawn on condition of anonymity that TNT was a highly explosive material and wondered how BDS had “neglected” it.
Posted in Dawn, December 8, 2020