A series of bomb attacks have ripped through a residential area near an intelligence agency’s office in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur, killing at least five people and injuring more than two dozen others.
A senior police officer said on Wednesday at least four bomb explosions took place in an area where Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, the regular police and paramilitary forces are based.
“The blasts took place in a compound that houses the offices of senior police officials and an intelligence agency,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Javed Odho told reporters.
Pakistani media reports say the powerful explosions were followed by protracted gun battles in the troubled city, which is located around 500 kilometers from Karachi, the main city in Sindh Province.
At least 30 injured people have been moved to nearby hospitals for treatment.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, pro-Taliban militants frequently attack ISI personnel and other government security forces.
Militants have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as civilians, and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives by the Pakistani army.
Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called “war on terror.”
Thousands more have also been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy in the country.