December 29, 2009 |
A suicide bomber blew himself up Monday in the middle of a Shiite Muslim procession in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan, killing at least 20 people, wounding dozens more and heaping further pressure on the nation's already beleaguered government. The attack was the third in as many days in Pakistan's most populous city, a major South Asian port that has emerged as a significant logistics hub for supply trucks headed to Afghanistan in support of U.S. and NATO-led forces.
May 31, 2004 |
Thousands of Sunni Muslims rampaged through this southern Pakistani city Sunday, ransacking property and stoning vehicles after unidentified gunmen killed an influential pro-Taliban cleric. Enraged by the drive-by shooting of Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, rioters set fire to banks, shops, a police station and a KFC fast-food restaurant, and traded gunfire with security forces, leaving more than a dozen people injured.
May 8, 2004 |
A powerful bomb ripped through a crowded Shiite Muslim mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100. The blast was believed to be the work of a suicide bomber who hid himself in the midst of the worshipers, and a senior police official in Karachi labeled it a terrorist attack. He said no group had claimed responsibility for the bombing, the worst act of violence in Karachi since mid-2002 when separate bombing attacks at the U.S.
March 16, 2004 |
Pakistani police defused a large bomb inside a parked van Monday less than five minutes before it was timed to detonate outside the U.S. Consulate here. It was not clear who was behind the thwarted attack in Karachi, the scene of several anti-Western bombings since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. But suspicions immediately focused on Islamic extremists blamed for previous bombings. In Washington, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said an investigation was underway.
December 28, 1998 |
This city's long slide into anarchy has left its people too exhausted to even pity the dead. At the Jinnah Medical Center, the burned and mutilated corpses that arrive many nights prompt little more than the lighting of a cigarette. "In the beginning, it affected me," Shahab Junejo, an emergency room physician, said between puffs. "Not now. You get used to it. Not even the families cry anymore."
March 12, 1995 |
The bodies of two U.S. Consulate employees gunned down in Karachi's mounting reign of terror were airlifted home Saturday as Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto vowed "firm and ruthless" measures to re-establish order. Bhutto met in emergency session with top government and security officials in Karachi, and Information Minister Hussain Haqqani later announced stepped-up police patrols of the violence-plagued city, Pakistan's largest.