KARACHI, Pakistan — Hundreds of youths set fire to a Pizza Hut restaurant, two gas stations and a dozen vehicles in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, after Saturday’s funeral for an Islamic Shiite cleric killed in a suicide attack.
Rioters rampaged through a busy commercial area a day after a suicide bomber killed cleric Allama Hassan Turabi, his cousin and a police guard.
Police fired shots in the air, swung batons and used tear gas to control the crowd.
Most of the crowd dispersed peacefully after the ceremony, but a gang of youths damaged shops and torched a Pizza Hut, two state-owned gas stations and several vehicles, apparently expressing general anger at the U.S. and Pakistani governments.
Pakistan is a key U.S. ally in what Washington calls the war on terror. Many Shiites identify Pizza Hut with the American administration and have burned the chain’s outlets after previous attacks on their leaders.