Sunni Muslims destroy a Shi’ite mosque with a suicide bomb. In retaliation, Shi’ite Muslims burn down a Kentucky Fried Chicken, killing six people. This one is just as crystalline an example of linear reasoning as the killing of 17 Afghanis because a Gitmo interrogator may have flushed a Qur’an. “Six KFC workers die in Karachi violence,” from the Financial Times:
Six employees of Kentucky Fried Chicken, the American fast food chain, were killed in Karachi overnight Monday when their restaurant was set on fire by Shi”ite youths seeking revenge for a suicide bomb attack on a local mosque, police and rescue workers said.
The KFC outlet, located in the southern city”s densely populated Gulshan-e-Iqbal district, was ransacked in a riot that also damaged petrol stations, bank branches, shops and dozens of vehicles.
The bodies of the KFC workers – five restaurant staff and a security guard – were found before sunrise Tuesday, when rescue workers entered the premises to check on the scale of damage. Four of the victims were burned to death while the two others froze to death after taking refuge in a refrigeration unit, a senior police official, Manzoor Mughal, was quoted as saying by Associated Press.
The riot followed an attack Monday on the Shi”ite Madinatul Ilm mosque in Gulshan, in which three assailants, suspected to be Sunni Muslim extremists, clashed with police before exploding a bomb that killed two of the attackers, two policemen and a worshipper. Twenty-six people were injured, AP said.
The surviving assailant told police he was associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Sunni militant group accused of orchestrating several attacks against minority Shi”ites, Christians and government officials, and suspected of having links with al-Qaida, the AP report said. About 80 per cent of Pakistan’s 150m people are Sunnis, while 17 per cent are Shi”ites…