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Gunmen kill 43 in attack on Shiite minority in Pakistan

Gunmen kill 43 in attack on Shiite minority in Pakistan

Police in Pakistan said Wednesday that gunmen killed 43 people in an attack on the country’s Shiite minority.

The attack took place on a bus in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. No one immediately claimed responsibility.

“These are the people who are extremists, who are terrorists,” local police chief Ghulam Haider Jamal said of the assailants. “These are the same people who have been doing terrorism before,” he said.

At least a dozen people were wounded in the attack against Ismaili Shiite Muslims, a tiny minority in mostly Sunni Pakistan.

The gunmen boarded the bus and opened fire on passengers before fleeing the scene on motorcycles.

The Taliban and other Sunni Muslim extremist groups have targeted Pakistan’s Shiite community in the past and life in Pakistan is increasingly dangerous for religious minorities.

In March, 14 people were killed and dozens more injured when Pakistani Taliban suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore.

Source: Gunmen kill 43 in attack on Shiite minority in Pakistan

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