|Rescuers work at the site of a blast in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Nov. 8, 2012. The death toll increased to four following a suicide car bomb attack on the paramilitary Rangers headquarters in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday, said a spokesman of Rangers. (Xinhua/Arshad)
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The death toll increased to four following a suicide car bomb attack on the paramilitary Rangers headquarters in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday, said a spokesman of Rangers.
The dead included three members of Rangers and the suicide bomber, the spokesman said, adding that 19 people were also wounded in the blast.
According to police and local media reports, a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden truck into the headquarters in North Nazimabad district of Karachi at about 6:55 a.m. local time.
The injured people included at least eight policemen, police said.
A four-storey residential building inside the headquarters was damaged in the blast.
The suicide bomber failed to reach the building, otherwise the casualties could be much higher as there were estimated 150 people inside the building when the blast went off, said Inspector General Sindh Fayyaz Laghari.
Bomb disposal squad officers estimated that 100 kg of explosives were used in the attack and the explosives were hidden under the vegetables on the mini truck.
Parts of the body of the suicide bomber have been collected from the blast site and the identity of the attacker is yet to be determined, said police.
Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack, which was condemned by the Pakistani president and prime minister.
This was the second attack launched by Pakistani Taliban in the last two days. On Wednesday morning, a suicide car bomber hit a police vehicle in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar, leaving six people including three cops dead and over 30 others injured.