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Terror in Karachi

· Nearly fifty killed in Taliban attack ·

At least 47 people were killed and another 20 injured in Karachi on Wednesday, when a bus carrying members of an Ismaili community was attacked by armed gunmen. 

According to the Dawn website, hospital sources confirmed 25 men and 16 women had died, while police indicated that no children were among the victims. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.

According to an eyewitness account, the attack was carried out by eight men who, from three or four motorcycles, shot indiscriminately at passengers on the bus. An anonymous source from Karachi police explained to Dawn that the assailants boarded the bus and shot the passengers.

Several of the injured are in serious condition, thus the death toll may rise. The bus was transporting Ismaili Muslims. Ismailism is a branch of the Shiite faith. Most of them live in the province of Gilgit Baltistan in the valleys of the Himalayas, near the Chinese border, and others in the principal city of Karachi.

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