Karachi Violence Kills 47
Violence triggered by the assassination of a lawmaker in the Pakistani city of Karachi has left 47 people dead with at least 100 others injured on Tuesday.
The attacks came less than a day after Raza Haider, a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party, which currently controls the city of 16 million, was killed by unidentified assailants. Haider and his bodyguard had just attended a funeral in the Nazimabad neighborhood late Monday when the gunmen fired at them. Karachi police chief Waseem Ahmed said the extremist Islamic group Sipah-e-Sahaba may be behind the attack on Haider, who reportedly received death threats prior to his assassination.
The city grounded to a halt on Tuesday, as business establishments, offices, and schools were closed to prevent more deaths. Reports said several shops and markets, as well as dozens of vehicles, were burned on Tuesday as gunmen roamed the streets, forcing the government to deploy paramilitary forces to prevent violence from spreading.