A policeman inside Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) accidentally detonated the explosive while trying to demonstrate how it worked to a judge.
A hand grenade exploded inside a courtroom in Karachi, Pakistan after a judge asked a police constable if he knew how they worked.
In a demonstration, the policeman promptly pulled the pin from the grenade which detonated, injuring five people, including the judge. According to local reports, the grenade was “locally developed” and may have malfunctioned and detonated prematurely.
Police and security forces quickly surrounded the court after the explosion, fearing a possible terrorist attack, especially with the nature of the courtroom.
The police constable responsible for the detonation believed the device had been made safe before being taken into the courtroom. The authorities have launched an inquiry as to how a live hand grenade made it inside a courtroom as evidence.
The judge now understands how grenades function.