Grenade Attack in Pakistan Kills 12, Including Children

An overnight grenade attack on a mini-truck in Pakistan killed 12 people, including children, and left others with serious burn injuries.

The vehicle was carrying an extended family of 20 to 25 people from a wedding ceremony in the city of Karachi on Aug. 14 evening when attackers riding a motorcycle targeted it with a grenade, authorities said.

The attack killed nine people and injured nine others at the scene. Three of the injured died during treatment, raising the death toll to 12, according to Police Surgeon Dr. Qarar Abbasi of the Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital.

Abbasi said seven women and five children were among the dead.

Abbasi added that the rest of the injured were in stable condition.

Raja Umer Khattab, a counterterrorism officer, said that investigators found pieces of a Russian-made device used in the attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and a motive is yet to be known.

One police official said that the attack is being viewed as an attempt to sabotage Pakistan’s Independence Day commemorations, but it would be “premature” to draw it as a definitive conclusion, DW News reported.

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