Death toll in Karachi bus shooting rises to 44

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KARACHI (Web Desk / AFP) – At least 44 people have been killed and 13 others injured when some unknown gunmen attacked a passsenger bus near Safoora Chowrangi in Karachi,

Reportedly, sixteen women were among the dead.

“Six terrorists came on three motorcycles, they entered the bus and began firing indiscriminately. They used 9mm pistols and all those killed and injured were hit by the 9mm pistols,” he said.

The bus was enroute to Ayesha Manzil from Al-Azhar Garden.

“The bus had a capacity of 52 passengers but it was overloaded and dozens of people were boarding it. Most of them were from (the) Ismaili community,” a police official said.

The attackers managed to flee from the scene on three motorbikes.

A woman witness, who survived the attack, said the bus was surrounded and stopped by the terrorists, who entered it from the back door.

“The attackers killed the driver and asked all the passengers to kneel with their heads facing the ground,” she said.

She said that one of the attackers told the others “shoot them all,” after which they opened indiscriminate firing at thepassengers.

Inspector Crime Scene Unit Tariq Jadoon said that they have found some blue caps, which are worn by personnel of private security companies, from the bus along with 9mm casings.

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