Entries in Karachi (6)


Suicide Bombing in Pakistan Kills 30, Injures 50

George Doyle/Thinkstock(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- Pakistan's largest city was the site of a deadly suicide bomb blast on Sunday morning.

The explosion is the latest attack on Pakistan's Shiite minority. The bomber reportedly struck directly outside a Shiite mosque as people were leaving, killing at least 30 people and injuring at least 50 more. According to the BBC, the explosion destroyed several buildings and set others on fire in the residential area.

While Karachi is often named among the most dangerous cities in the world, there had not been a targeted suicide attack in quite a while.

Pakistan's Shiite minority are often the target of attacks from Sunni militant groups, according to the BBC.

Shiites in other areas of Pakistan have already begun to retaliate and form armed militias. Some fear that if similar organizing were to occur in Karachi, the violence could spin out of control.

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Pakistani Port City and Business Hub Under Siege

Pakistani children mourn during a funeral procession of a man shot and killed by unidentified armed men in Karachi on July 8, 2011. Pakistan ordered 1,000 extra troops to deploy in Karachi with shoot to kill instructions, after another 65 people were killed in the deadliest six months of political violence since 1995. AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- More than 70 people have been killed in Karachi over the past four days in worse ethnic violence in the city, and the toll keeps rising.

Among others, the main fight is between the immigrants from India under the political patronage of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, and the Pushtoons community under the Awami National Party.

Both ethnicities have been at odds with one another for much of the time that they have lived in Karachi.

The city Friday had a deserted look, with pitched battles taking place in the poor neighborhoods, while people in the posh areas remained off the streets.

Passengers in public transport buses on the streets died in firing sprees in various parts of the city. Most of the dead were the city's poor.

Business activity also remained at a stand still and the stock market keeps falling every day.

The government has given "shoot on site" orders of  criminals sighted on streets.

Additional paramilitary forces are on their way to Karachi to help control the situation.

While various political parties have called for restrain, they have not been successful.  The country's political situation is very fragile, and the violence in Karachi has increased after the MQM withdrew support from the government.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad expressed its concern Friday for the growing crisis in Karachi.

"The United States Embassy is deeply concerned about the escalating violence in Karachi," the Embassy said in a statement.  "We call on all parties to refrain from further violence and work toward a peaceful resolution of differences. The loss of over 60 lives, including women and children, in the last three days is a tragedy.  We extend condolences to the families and friends of the innocent victims."

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Pakistan: Former Navy Commando Arrested In Karachi Attack

RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Kamran Malik, a former Navy commando who was dismissed from service after being court-martialed for disobedience a decade ago, has been arrested in Lahore, Pakistan, for his alleged involvement in the attack on a Karachi naval base last week that killed ten soldiers and left a P3C Orion aircraft destroyed.

"Malik may have provided inside information and the layout of the facility," a source said, adding, "we are still establishing the chain."

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Eleven Dead in Pakistan Cargo Plane Crash

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- A cargo plane crashed in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, killing all eight of its Russian crewmembers and three people on the ground.

The aircraft went down soon after takeoff, crashing into a housing complex. The plane narrowly missed more densely populated apartment buildings nearby.

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Plane Crashes in Pakistan After Take Off, Killing All 21 Onboard

Airplane seen taking off from Jinnah International Airport. Photo Courtesy - KarachiAirport [dot] com(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- A private plane en route to an oil field crashed soon after taking off from an aiport in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, killing all 21 people onboard.

According to the Italian foreign ministry, the plane was leased by Italian petroleum company Eni.  Eni confirms that the chartered plane, which was headed to the gas fields in Bhit Shah in the Sindh province, crashed shortly after taking off from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

The petroleum company says 15 of its employees, two contractors, three crew members, and an airport security representative were among the 21 passengers on the plane.  One passenger has been identified as Italian and 16 others as Pakistani.

No Americans were onboard, according to the U.S. Embassy, but it is checking to see if any of the Pakistanis on the flight had dual citizenship.

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Four Killed, Several Wounded After Explosions in Pakistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KARACHI, Pakistan) -- Police and rescue officials confirm four people are dead, and several others injured, after two explosions went off at a Sufi shrine in Karachi, Pakistan on Thursday.

Police officials at the scene say it's too early to tell whether or not it was a suicide attack.

The explosions happen at a time when Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is visiting Karachi and living in his private residence not far from the explosion site.

Police, however, say the target was the shrine, since the explosions took place at the shrine's entrance.  The shrine is a famous landmark in Karachi that's especially busy Thursday evenings.

In the past, terrorists have targeted Sufi shrines in Lahore.  This week, they have also killed a religious leader in a spree of target killings in Karachi.

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