Four killed in Pakistan by bomb aimed at Shi'ites, say police

ISLAMABAD Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:53pm EDT

A police man collects evidence as the resident gather at the site of an explosion at the Delhi Colony area, in Karachi April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

A police man collects evidence as the resident gather at the site of an explosion at the Delhi Colony area, in Karachi April 25, 2014.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - At least four people were killed in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday when a roadside bomb aimed at a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslim worshippers exploded, police said.

"We suspect that a bus coming from a Shi'ite mosque was the likely target," provincial police chief Iqbal Mehmood said in remarks broadcast by Pakistani television channels.

Deputy Inspector General Khalique Shaikh said the bomb went off just after the bus drove past and that all those who were killed were civilians who happened to be nearby.

"It seems that the bombing missed the target as the IED (improvised explosive device) went off minutes after the bus had passed through the scene," he told Reuters.

"People in the bus suffered minor injuries and the windscreen and windows were shattered due to the impact."

Pakistan has been grappling with a tide of sectarian violence, with Sunni Muslim Taliban militants frequently attacking Shi'ites they see as infidels who deserve to die.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place after talks between the government and Taliban to end years of fighting which has killed tens of thousands of people.

The tentative discussions have yielded no result and the militants ended a 40-day ceasefire last week.

On Thursday a police officer known for his tough stance against the Taliban was killed in a suicide bombing in Karachi.

"The attacks have spiked after the end of the ceasefire. The entire country is under threat," the regional information minister, Sharjeel Memon, said in televised remarks.

"The federal government should now reconsider their reconciliation policy," he said.

"The only difference is that before militants used to claim responsibility for attacks, but now they just remain silent."

(Editing by Maria Golovnina and Andrew Roche)

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carlmartel wrote:
Both al Qaeda and the Taliban practice the Wahabi version of Sunni Islam from Saudi Arabia. The article is correct that Sunnis regard Shia muslims as unbelievers, so this attack is likely from one or the other of them. China has sold several squadrons of fighters to Pakistan that have been used to bomb Taliban forces in the tribal areas, and China developed and transferred technology to Pakistan for building more advanced fighter bombers. Since China, Russia, and four central Asian countries have agreed to watch Afghanistan after the US and NATO leave in 2014, Pakistan will likely have a role to play in continuing operations by the six SCO members who will not be as intrusive as the US has been.

Apr 25, 2014 2:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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