SHAFAQNA – Saudi Arab-funded takfiri terrorists on Wednesday morning killed at least 45 members of Shia Ismaili community and injured dozens in a brutal attack on bus near Safoora Chowk Karachi. According to Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali, around 60 people were on board the bus when six takfiri gunmen entered andopened fire that killed 45 passengers. He said, “The armed men used 9mm pistols in the massacre. The attackers managed to successfully flee after the attack.”
As per the hospital sources, dead include 25 men and 16 women. Police officials said that there were no children among the casualties. According to reports, one young girl hid and survived. Three or four others who were brought to the hospital have survived while the rest are all dead.
An eye-witness said around six to eight men riding three to four motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on the bus. However, video footage of the pink bus does not show bullet holes on the body of the vehicle, suggesting that the attackers entered and killed the passengers.
Ismaili community attacked: police
Pakistan has seen a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years, particularly against Shias — of which the Ismaili community is a sub-sect — who make up around 20 percent of the country’s predominantly Muslim population.
“The dead and injured have been shifted to the private Memon Medical Center nearby,” an official of the Ismaili National Council, a group which represents the community said.
The bus belongs to the Al-Azhar Garden Colony, which is an Ismaili community housing project in Karachi. It was on its regular route headed towards Federal B Area of Karachi.
The Ismailis in Pakistan are a peaceful, progressive and largely apolitical community predominantly working in the health and education sectors.
In the past there has been anti-Ismaili violence in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan, mostly in the form of communal flare-ups.
In 2013, a bomb attack at Karachi’s Aisha Manzil killed four and injured 42 others. The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the earlier attacks.
Today’s massacre was the worst anti-Shia attack since January 30, when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in the southern Shikarpur district, killing 61.
Anti-Shia attacks have been increasing in recent years in Karachi and also in Quetta, the northwestern area of Parachinar and the far northeastern town of Gilgit.
Around 1,000 Shias have been killed in the past two years in Pakistan, with many of the attacks claimed by the hardline Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who view them as heretics.
Ismailis are known for their progressive Islamic views. Their spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan is a globally renowned philanthropist and business magnate.
Source : shiitenews