Gunmen kill 41 Ismaili passengers in Pakistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 41 men, including 16 women, were gunned down and 20 others wounded when gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community in Karachi, Pakistani media reports Wednesday.
Pakistan’s Dawn.com quoted an eye-witness as saying around eight men riding three to four motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on a bus, wounding several passengers. However, video footage of the bus does not show bullet holes on the body of the vehicle suggesting that the attackers may have entered and fired.
A senior police official, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media, told Dawn that the attackers entered the bus and shot the passengers in the head.
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.
A rescue official told Dawn.com that around 50 to 60 people were travelling on the bus when the attack took place.
The attackers managed to escape from the scene after the incident.
The condition of several wounded was reported as critical and the death toll is expected to increase.
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