Karachi: Terror attack on school was a prank, five students arrested

KARACHI: Initially reported as an act of terror, the attack on a private school in North Nazimabad area of the metropolis turned out to be a firecracker explosion by high-school students, with the police arresting five students on Monday over their alleged involvement in the incident.


According to DIG West Feroz Shah, five students of Educators campus-I in North Nazimabad were taken into custody after the investigation into the reported grenade attack revealed that the students brought firecrackers in a bid to play a prank, following the school administration’s refusal to let them appear for upcoming examinations over non-payment of school fees.

“The police took one injured student into custody for investigation, since he was the only one injured in the incident and the student confessed that he and other students had bought firecrackers which exploded accidentally,” said the DIG.

The incident was reported on Friday along with two other minor blasts, one at police station in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, and the other at girls’ college in Karimabad.

Feroz Shah said police is mulling legal options as all the five suspects are under-age and cannot be tried for terrorism, especially after the revelation.

A bomb disposal squad official who reached the site of blast on Friday had said that the ‘explosive device’ appeared so small that he would liken it to a firecracker.


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