Two Chinese women were among four people killed and several others injured on Tuesday when an explosion occurred in a van inside the premises of Karachi University in Pakistan’s financial capital, officials said.
According to reports, the explosion happened in a van near the Confucius Institute at the university – a non -profit institute that teaches Chinese to local students.
Preliminary information from reliable police sources said that the two women killed in the blast were Chinese nationals and may have been targets of the blast.
The other two killed were the driver and security guard in the van while four other people who were near the van when the explosion occurred were injured. Three of them are in serious condition, the source said.
There were conflicting reports of the blast but senior police officer Muqqadas Haider said that a preliminary investigation was underway and it could be remote -controlled explosives planted in or near the van.
The Urdu -language Jang newspaper reported that the van was carrying two foreigners who had taught Chinese at the IBA institute inside Karachi University from their guesthouse when the explosion occurred.
There were two Ranger members in the back of the van on a motorcycle.
Video of the van where the explosion occurred was also posted on social media with flames completely destroying the vehicle as police and paramilitary rangers arrived at the scene immediately and cordoned off the area.
This is not the first time Chinese citizens have been the target of terrorist attacks in Karachi, which is the largest city and economic hub in Pakistan.
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