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Unidentified assailants opened fire at a religious gathering in Karachi’s Nazimabad area, killing five people on Saturday. The injured and the dead were immediately taken to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed hospital. One woman succumbed to her injuries. “Four men were brought to Abbasi Shaheed as dead while a woman was brought with fatal injuries,” said an official of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Two patients remained critical.
“Four men wearing helmets and riding on motorcycles came to the house where the religious gathering was taking place in the month of Muharram and they opened indiscriminate firing on the people standing at the gate,” a senior police official said.
As per the report, the attackers entered the religious place where the participants had gathered for the “majlis”. The firing took place just outside the residence of a police official. The attackers opened fire at the participants as no police official was deployed for the “majlis”, reports suggest.
“Organisers did not inform the police about the Majlis,” said Karachi Police Chief AD Khawaja. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah called the the Sindh Inspector General and asked him to set-up “blockades” to arrest the culprits.
The attack took place despite the security agencies and law enforcement agencies being on high alert during the month of Muharram when Shia Muslims hold religious gathering throughout the month.