ISLAMABAD, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 11 policemen were killed and 36 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a police bus in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi on Thursday morning, police said.
Deputy Inspector General Police, Muneer Ahmed Sheikh, said that the blast has claimed the lives of 11 policemen and injured 36 others.
Revealing initial investigation reports, Rao Anwar, Senior Superintendent Police, said that a 60-seater police bus carrying 55 policemen came under suicide attack shortly after leaving the police training center.
He said that the unidentified suicide bomber rammed his car into the bus in Razzaqabad area of Karachi, the capital of Sindh province.
He said that a police mobile escorting the bus was also damaged in the blast and four police aboard the vehicle got injured.
The blast happened at about 7:40 a.m. local time when the targeted policemen were on their way to perform duties at Bilawal House, residence of former President Asif Ali Zardari.
The injured people have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital by the rescuers.
Seemi Jamali, Medical Superintendent at Jinnah Hospital, confirmed that they have received eight bodies and 36 injured policemen while some bodies were shifted to other hositals, adding that the death toll may further rise as 10 of the injured are in very critical condition.
She said that most of the injured policemen got head and limb injuries.
Eyewitnesses said that the explosion was so powerful that wreckage of the suicide car was found 120 meters away from the blast site.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The blast happened when Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar was about to visit Karachi to assess security condition.
Both President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack, and directed hospital authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured people.