Rescue workers look for survivors following the explosion in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday. AP
A powerful blast ripped through a multistory building in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others, police and rescuers said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, but it appeared to be an accidental explosion, likely caused by the ignition of a cooking gas canister.
Pakistan's troops and rescue workers look for survivors following the explosion in Karachi, Pakistan. AP
Some people were still trapped under the rubble, according to Saad Edhi, a spokesman for the Edhi ambulance service. Sajid Sadozai, a senior police officer in Karachi, confirmed that three people had died.
TV footage showed rescuers digging through the remains of a collapsed building.Associated Press
Local officials said the attack happened after two police were killed at a roadside checkpoint outside the city.
According to a police statement, one sub-inspector and two private security guards were martyred in the attack. Seven people, including three police officials, have been injured, the statement said.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and military praised the swift response of the city's security forces, while the Karachi police released a video of one member from a provincial security unit describing the firefight.
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