SUKKUR – Two policemen, a Rangers official and a factory worker died after a huge cache of explosive material was accidentally triggered at a cement factory in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Tuesday.
“Officials of police’s Special Branch were trying to deactivate around 2,000 kilogrammes of explosive material at a cement factory in Rohri when it accidentally ignited,” Sukkur SSP Sukkur Amjad Shaikh told the media following the shocking incident.
The presence of explosives at the factory had been flagged by the Rangers during a search and sweep exercise ahead of Muharram, according to Dawn News.
“While the BDS officials were trying to deactivate the explosives, they accidentally detonated, resulting in multiple casualties,” the officer said.
The explosives were to be used in the breaking down of large stones, which as part of the cement-making process.
Six Rangers officials were also injured in the blast and were shifted to a hospital for treatment.