KARACHI: At least 35 people have been killed and more than 20 injured when some unknown gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on a passenger bus near Safoora Chowrangi in Karachi.
According to witnesses, the bus was sprayed with bullets from both sides by around six terrorists and a gunmen also boarded the bus to target the passengers.
Reportedly, several woman and children were also on board the bus.
The attackers managed to flee from the scene on three motorbikes.
Security officials have cordoned off the area whereas the rescue teams have shifted the victims to nearby hospitals where an emergency has been imposed. The condition of several injured persons is said to be critical.
Initial reports revealed that the motorcyclists used 9mm pistols in the attack which rescuers claimed killed thirty persons and left two dozen injured. Police officials are yet to confirm the death toll.
Further, reports revealed that leaflets containing militant content were found at the scene.
Eyewitnesses said that the assailants also got on board the bus and attacked passengers inside the bus.
Over 60 empty bullet shells of pistols and Kalashnikovs were found at the scene.
“The bus had a capacity of 52 passengers but it was overloaded and dozens of people were boarding it. Most of them were from (the) Ismaili community,” a policeman at the scene said.
Death toll rises to 47 and more than 24 are reported to be injured.