Security Developments in Pakistan
(AFP) – January 8, 2010
KARACHI — Six people were killed Friday when an explosion flattened a house being used by militants in Pakistan's economic hub Karachi, police said, adding that the blast appeared to have been accidental.
Gun, grenades and suicide vests were recovered from the house in a western Karachi neighbourhood, and police said they were working to determine the exact cause of the blast and the circumstances surrounding it.
"There was a blast in a house in Baldia Town in which six people were killed. The house collapsed," said senior police official Abdul Majeed Dasti.
He said hand grenades, a Kalashnikov rifle and suicide vests were also found at the scene, while city police chief Waseem Ahmad told AFP that the explosives appeared to have been detonated unintentionally.
"It seems that explosives which were stored in the house caused the explosion in which six people were killed," he said.
"It seems that the house was being used by terrorists. We are taking utmost care in removing the rubble. Bomb disposal officials have arrived at the scene to determine the exact nature of the explosion."
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