Pakistan mourns victims of bus attack

Funeral held for bus attack victims in Karachi as country observes a day of mourning

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

People in Pakistan held a mass funeral on Thursday for 45 people killed in a bus attack the previous day in Karachi, as the country is observing a day of national mourning.

All the victims, except one whose identity not known yet, were buried after the funeral, which was broadcasted live on national TV channels.

45 people were killed after gunmen who approached the bus on three motorbikes opened fire on the bus, that was carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims.

They forced the bus to stop, then opened fire indiscriminately, killing people inside, many of them women and children.

Militant groups Jundullah and ISIS both claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack, calling all Pakistanis to "join hands against these barbaric terrorists." The Pakistani government and army vowed to catch and punish the attackers.

This is the fifth major attack in Pakistan since the beginning of 2015 against Shia Muslims. It was the deadliest in Pakistan since December, when the Taliban attacked a military school, killing 150 in Peshawar.

TRTWorld and agencies