Visiting shrines: a grave sin in Sunni Islam. Murdering people who visit shrines: pleasing to Allah.
The bodies of six men with their throats slit have been found near a shrine on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city Karachi, police said on Tuesday.
The corpses were lying near the shrine of Ayub Shah Bukhari, considered a saint by Sufi Muslims. Three of the dead worked at the shrine while the others were frequent visitors.
Police said a note reading “Stop visiting shrines — from the Pakistani Taliban” was found at the scene along with a bloodstained knife.
The Taliban denounce worship at shrines as a grave sin and have carried out many deadly bomb and suicide attacks against Sufis in recent years.
In one of the bloodiest episodes, at least 50 people were killed in April 2011 in a suicide attack on a shrine in the city of Dera Ghazi Khan.
But senior police officer Amir Farooqi voiced caution over the note, telling AFP he would not draw any conclusions until further investigation.
Police have detained some suspects and sent the bloodstained knife for forensic tests.