43 bus passengers shot dead in presumed terror attack

20 others are reported to have been injured in the attack.

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No fewer than 43 people have been shot dead after gun men attacked a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

The bus carrying about 60 was going to an Ismaili Shia place of worship when 6 gunmen on motorcycles, appearing to be from a banned extremist group, stopped the bus and fired indiscriminately, BBC reports.

According to provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali, the attack appeared to be the work of the same group involved in recent drive-by shootings of senior police officials in Karachi.

Pakistan's Shia minority have been the target of frequent sectarian attacks from the Taliban and Sunni militant groups in the past, with several mosques belonging to religious minorities getting bombed.

No group has however claimed responsibility for this attack.

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