Terror attack in Pakistan, 43 killed

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Karachi: Update: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condemned the attack in Karachi and said India stands firmly with the people of Pakistan in this hour of grief.

“The attack in Karachi is deeply saddening and utterly condemnable. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” he said.

A victim of its own creation, Pakistan suffers a major terror strike on Wednesday killing at least 43 people and injuring 13 others. Armed men opened fire on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community near Safoora Chowk area in Karachi.

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A senior police officer informed that members of Shia community travelling in the bus were targeted by armed men who came on three motorcycles. The men entered the bus and fired indiscriminately.

The dead included at least 25 men and 16 women, said Memon Medical Institute and Hospital officials where the bodies have been kept. The wounded are being treated at the same hospital. Several of the injured are in critical condition and the death toll is likely to rise. The police officer’s version was corroborated by an eye-witness who said the attackers entered bus and killed the people.

The attackers first shot dead the bus driver and conductor. They then entered the bus and shot the passengers in their head. They were more than 60 passengers in the bus which belonged to Al-Azhar Garden housing project.

The Pakistan Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the dastardly attack.