47 dead as gunmen attack passenger bus in Pakistan


ISIS claims responsibility

Karachi:  In a brazen assault, gunmen donning police uniforms attacked a bus and shot the passengers in the head, killing at least 47 people in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, the latest in a series of terror attacks targeting minorities.

Police officials said it appeared that six to eight assailants on motorbikes first opened fire on the bus just near the Dow Medical College and then entered the bus when it stopped at Safoora Chorangi, Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi.

“It was a targeted attack,” Sindh Police Inspector General Ghulam Haider Jamali told reporters.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bus attack in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Wednesday that killed at least 43 people.

“Thanks to God 43 apostates were killed and close to 30 others were wounded in an attack by the soldiers of Islamic State on a bus carrying people of the Shi’ite Ismaili sect … in Karachi,” said a statement by the group that was circulated on Twitter by supporters.

Balochistan-based militant group Jundullah also claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attackers killed 47 people – all Shia Muslims – and wounded more than 20 others before fleeing from the scene.

The death toll could further rise as some persons are seriously injured. The injured and dead were shifted to various hospitals by rescue workers.

A senior police official said the attackers entered the bus and shot the passengers in the head.

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