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At Least 9 Killed in Karachi Mosque Attack - 2003-02-22


Unidentified gunmen have shot dead at least nine worshipers in a mosque in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.

Eyewitnesses say that at least three gunmen took part in the attack on a mosque that belongs to the minority Shiite Muslims. They say attackers opened fire with automatic weapons just when the worshipers were gathering for evening prayers.

Seemi Jamali is a senior doctor at Karachi's main Jinnah Hospital. "People were shot at randomly," he said. "They were mostly hit on the upper torso and the limbs. We have seven patients who are injured with gunshot injuries over here, besides eight dead bodies brought from the same area."

No one has claimed responsibility for Saturday's shooting in Karachi, which has seen a series of deadly attacks in recent months, mainly against foreigners and minority Christians.

Religious violence involving militants from the majority Sunni and the minority Shiite communities of Islam have also killed hundreds of people in Pakistan in recent years.

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