A deadly bomb attack on a police complex in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, has left at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Authorities say more than a dozen militants opened fire on the Criminal Investigation Department building before ramming the outer wall with a truck, laden with explosives.
The shootout lasted some 15 minutes before the vehicle exploded, leaving death, destruction and panic in its wake.
“The explosion was huge, so big that it felled a two-storey building. Most of the people are still trapped under the rubble. So I am certain that many CID officers have been killed,” said one eye-witness.
The carnage comes a day after the CID unit arrested a number of militants in the city, believed to be members of the notorious Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group.
Worryingly for the authorities the attack took place in the city’s high-security area close to government buildings and the Sheraton Hotel.