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Scores killed in Karachi violence

Friday, Jul 08, 2011 - 01:26

July 8 - At least 12 more people die in Pakistan's largest city, raising the death toll in Karachi to 60 in the last three days. Travis Brecher reports.

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Relatives of the dead cry over bodies in this Karachi morgue -- after a spate of violence over the past three days killed at least 60 people. On Thursday, gunmen opened fire on two buses and killed at least 12 people -- and family members are demanding answers. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) A YOUNG GIRL WHOSE FATHER WAS KILLED WHEN A BUS WAS FIRED ON, SHUMAILA, SAYING: "Some people opened fire and killed my father. There were no security personnel present there. What is this? How many people will be killed like this? They killed my father. How many fathers will be killed like this?" The wave of killings began Monday, as a surge of ethnic and politically-motivated killings swept Pakistan's biggest city. Karachi's most powerful political party has demanded that the government respond to the violence, and has threatened to a call a city-wide shutdown strike unless authorities halt the killings. A report by Pakistan's Human Rights Commission said 1,138 people were killed in Karachi in the first six months of 2011 alone. Travis Brecher, Reuters

Scores killed in Karachi violence

Friday, Jul 08, 2011 - 01:26

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