43 killed in attack on Shia muslims in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA – Gunmen have killed 43 people in an attack on Shiites in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, police said.

Several more were wounded in the attack on a bus in the southern port city, according to provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali.

He said the bus was on the way to a place of worship for Ismaili Shia Muslims when gunmen boarded it and sprayed the passengers with bullets.

No one has claimed responsibility. The Taliban and other Sunni Muslim extremist groups, which view Shia as apostates, have long had a presence in Karachi and have targeted Shia in the past.

The six attackers fled the scene on three motorcycles.

“These are the people who are extremists, who are terrorists,” Mr Jamali said of the assailants. “These are the same people who have been doing terrorism before.”

Sindh province chief minister Qaim Ali Shah said: “They were innocent people. We feel very sorry for this ghastly act.”

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