Yet if anyone dared to explore the roots of Sunni-Shi’ite hostility, he would be accused of “Islamophobia,” a crime considered to be worse than the murders themselves.
“Suicide bombing in Karachi kills 45 and injures 149 in attack that targeted Shi”ite Muslims as they left evening prayers,” by Emily Davies for the Daily Mail, March 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The death toll from a suspected suicide bombing in Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi on Sunday has risen to 45, a senior city official said.
Hashim Raza also said 149 people were wounded in the attack outside a Shi’ite mosque, the latest signal that Sunni groups are escalating sectarian bombings against the minority.
The bomb exploded outside a Shi’ite mosque as people were leaving evening prayers, said police official Azhar Iqbal. Men, women and children were among those killed and wounded, he said.
Witness Mariam Bibi said: ‘It’s like doomsday to me. I was watching television when I heard an explosion and my flat was badly shaken.
‘I saw people burning to death and crying with pain. I saw children lying in pools of their own blood and women running around shouting for their children and loved ones.’
Another witness, Ali Reza, said: ‘The explosion was so massive it jolted the entire area. Two flats and nearby shops caught fire after the explosion and balconies of various buildings collapsed.’
It is feared people have become trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in the bombing.
No one has claimed responsibility, but Sunni militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban have targeted Shi’ites in the past, claiming they are heretics.
Initial reports suggest the bomb was rigged to a motorcycle, although a survey of the damage indicates there could have been additional explosives planted at the scene, the police official said.
‘I heard a huge blast. I saw flames,’ Syed Irfat Ali, a resident of the area, said, adding that people were crying and running to safety.
Sunni militant groups have stepped up attacks in the past year against Shi’ite Muslims who make up about 20 per cent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million people.
Two brazen attacks against a Shi’ite Hazara community in south western city of Quetta have killed nearly 200 people since January 10.
Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for those bombings, which ripped through a billiard club and a market in areas populated by Hazaras, which are mostly Muslim Shi’ites….