Terrorists stormed a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in southern Pakistan and ordered them to bow their heads before being shot, killing at least 45 people Wednesday in the latest attack targeting the religious minority.
Who carried out the attack in the port city of Karachi wasn’t immediately clear, as a Pakistani Taliban splinter group and an Islamic State affiliate both claimed it. However, some Taliban fighters have pledged their allegiance in recent months to the terrorist group that now holds a third of Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate.
The attack riddled the bus with bullet holes, but its wounded driver still could drive it to a nearby hospital, said Mohammad Imran, a guard there.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who rushed to Karachi, condemned the bus attack, calling it “an attempt to create chaos.”
“Terrorists have chosen a very peaceful and patriotic community to target in order to achieve their nefarious designs,” Sharif said.