Karachi Attack: 47 killed as gunmen open fire inside bus

Karachi Attack: 47 killed as gunmen open fire inside bus

Karachi Attack: 47 killed as gunmen open fire inside bus

Written by Staff Writer

13 May, 2015 | 3:17 pm

At least 47 people have been killed in Pakistan’s Karachi on Wednesday when terrorists entered a packed bus and opened fire.

Reports suggest 25 men and 16 women have been killed. There were around 60 passengers, including children, on the bus, mostly from the Ismaili community.

A pamphlet found at the site has claimed the role of the Islamic State in the killings and has threatened more attacks.

Witnesses say six men came on three motorbikes, entered the bus and fired indiscriminately for nearly 10 minutes. Most passengers were reportedly shot in the head at close range.

The bus driver is believed to have been shot first. TV footage showed a pink bus covered in bullet holes.

The bus reportedly belongs to the Al-Azhar Garden Colony, which is an Ismaili housing project in Karachi. Ismailis are members of the minority Shia community.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the worst since January 30, when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the southern Shikarpur district, killing 61.

Anti-Shiite attacks have been increasing in recent years in Karachi and also in the southwestern city of Quetta, the northwestern area of Parachinar and the far northeastern town of Gilgit.

Around 1,000 Shiites have been killed in the past two years in Pakistan.

-NDTV

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