Five killed in Karachi firing
KARACHI– Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least five people at a religious gathering of Shi’ite Muslims in Karachi on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction.
The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad neighborhood of the sprawling metropolis of more than 18 million people, where sectarian, ethnic and political violence is common.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s Al Alami faction, which targets Shi’ites and Pakistan’s security forces, killed more than 60 police cadets in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday in an attack in conjunction with Islamic State.
But it said it carried out this attack on its own.
“Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami accepts responsibility for those killed in this attack, and we announce that there is no room for the enemies of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad in Pakistan,” said Ali bin Sufyan, the group’s spokesperson, in a statement.
Provincial police chief Allah Dino Khwaja told reporters men on two motorcycles fired on the gathering.
Four people were killed and another three wounded, Nasir Aftab, a senior police officer, said. –Reuters