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Gunmen Kill 6 at Christian Charity in Pakistan, Police Say

September 25, 2002|From Associated Press

KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen entered the offices of a Christian welfare organization in this southern port city today, , killing six people after tying them to office chairs, police and intelligence officials said.

The shooting occurred at the third-floor offices of the Institute for Peace and Justice, a Pakistani Christian charity. Among the dead were three Pakistani Christians and three Muslims, police said.

It was not clear how many gunmen were involved or what group may have been to blame.

Hundreds of police cordoned off the 13-story building, located in a central business district of Karachi.

The violence came amid a crackdown on extremists who have targeted Christians and Westerners. A string of assaults on Christian organizations has killed at least 30 people in recent months.

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