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.
June 1, 2004 |
A bomb ripped through a Shiite Muslim mosque here during evening prayers Monday, killing at least 16 people, wounding 38 and sparking mob violence a day after Sunni Muslims had rioted over the slaying of a Sunni cleric. Interior Ministry spokesman Abdur Rauf Chaudhry said the bombing might have been a reaction to Sunday's slaying of Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, who was a supporter of neighboring Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime and had met Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
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.
February 5, 2002 |
When Daniel Pearl's search for the underbelly of international terrorism led him last month to this Arabian Sea port, the Wall Street Journal reporter found himself in one of South Asia's most volatile cities, where lawlessness and sectarian warfare have become part of life. "It's the only city in Pakistan where real, Western-style organized crime thrives," said Aamer Ahmed Khan, editor of the Herald, Karachi's liberal monthly magazine.