Nine gunned down on way to prayers


KARACHI: Unidentified gunmen killed at least nine Shi'ite Muslims and wounded eight as they headed to evening prayers here yesterday, police and hospital officials said. 

The three gunmen opened fire as worshippers entered a mosque for dusk prayers in Malir, a low-income area on the eastern outskirts of the restive southern port city. The assailants fled after the shooting. 

“Three gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fired at worshippers with automatic weapons,” said Karachi police chief Tariq Jameel.  

“It is a gruesome act of terrorism. Our investigations are in full swing, but no arrests have been made so far.” 

No group has claimed the attack. – Reuters  

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