KARACHI – Pistol-wielding gunmen in Karachi Wednesday stormed a bus carrying members of the Ismaili minority, killing at least 45 in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Islamic State group.
“According to the initial information which we have received from hospitals, 45 people have been killed and 13 wounded,” Ghulam Haider Jamali, Sindh police chief told reporters at the site in Malir district.
“Six terrorists came on three motorcycles; they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately.
They used 9mm pistols and all those killed and injured were hit by the 9mm pistols,” he said.
The attack occurred in the city suburbs where Ismaili community had recently constructed residential apartments, Al-Azhar Garden.
The bus would pick the residents from the apartments and take them to the central city areas including Water Pump, Aaisha Manzil and Karimabad, and then bring them back.
Paramilitary Rangers and police conducted a series of targeted raids in Sohrab Goth and Safoora Goth neighbourhoods after the attack and arrested 70 suspects.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world Ismaili community, confirmed the toll in a statement sent by his office in France.
“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community,” the philanthropist and business magnate said.