WEB DESK – A powerful blast in Islamabad’s vegetable market has killed at least 14 people – mostly believed to be hawkers – and injured more than 40 as per preliminary reports from hospital and rescue sources.
The planted bomb detonated around 8 am on Wednesday in Islamabad Vegetable Market located in sector I-11 which is the junction of twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The rescue and police officials reached the crime scene immediately and shifted the wounded and those deceased to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
PIMS officials confirmed receiving 14 dead bodies and 40 patients. Some of the patients were categorized as seriously injured.
Preliminary police investigations confirmed that bomb blast was planted inside wooden boxes of fruits. No militant group had accepted the responsibility of the blast so far. Its worth mentioning here that in Islamabad Vegetable Market there were absolutely no security measures at the entrance or exit points of the market.
The area also neighbors a slum of afghan refugees and there were at least two higher education institutes within few yards of the place. Moreover, there were also many government offices near the area.