Forty-seven people, including 17 women, were massacred near the Safoora Chowrangi last week when a bus belonging to the Ismaili community was targeted by terrorists. Eyewitnesses and police investigators said around six armed men on motorcycles intercepted the bus and killed the people sitting inside the bus in cold blood. As many as 10 others, including women and children, were injured, four of them critically, police and Sindh health department officials said. Police said a bus of the Al-Azhar Gardens residential compound, a block of flats of the Ismaili community in KDA Scheme-33, carrying around 60-65 people was on its way to the Karimabad area of the city when it was attacked near a desolate spot near Safoora Chowrangi. Eyewitnesses said armed men riding three bikes stopped the bus, while three to four men boarded the vehicle and started firing on the passengers with Kalashnikovs and 9mm pistols. Karachi Police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo said that as per their initial investigation, around six men on three motorcycles intercepted the bus near Safoora Chowrangi, and three to four of them, who were wearing uniforms resembling those of the law enforcing agencies, started shooting people.
“The assailants were carrying sub-machine guns and 9mm pistols. After completion of the massacre, they fled on the motorcycles,” he said, adding that the terrorist act claimed 47 lives while 10 were injured.