March 2013 Karachi bombing

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March 2013 Karachi bombing
Location Abbas Town, Karachi, Pakistan
Date 3 March 2013 (2013-03-03)
Target Shi'ite Muslims
Attack type
Car bombings
Deaths 48 [1]
Non-fatal injuries
180 [1]
Suspected perpetrators
Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (Lashkar-e Jhangvi)
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan[2]

The March 2013 Karachi bombing was a terrorist attack that struck a predominantly Shia area inside Abbas Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in Karachi, Pakistan on 3 March 2013. At least 48 people were killed and more than 180 others injured after a car bomb was detonated outside a Shia mosque, just as locals were leaving after the evening's services.[3] As rescuers gathered to the scene of the bombings, a second blast caused even more destruction. Authorities suspected the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e Jhangvi of being behind the attacks.[1][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

This was the first major incident within the city since a wave of target killings left more than 300 dead in the summer of 2011.

Arrest of suspects[edit]

Sindh police arrested three suspects involved in the blast, Shoaib Mehsud, Khalid Rehman Mehsud and Aurangzaib Mehsud. These are the members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and arrested during the targeted operation in Manghopir on 13 March 2013.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jason Ditz (3 March 2013). "48 Killed in Bombing on Shi’ite Neighborhood in Pakistan’s Karachi". Antiwar.com. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Abbas Town suspects: Tehreek-e-Taliban members arrested in Karachi". Tribune. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bomb at Shi'ite mosque kills 45 in Pakistan". Reuters. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pakistan Karachi bomb blast kills at least 25". BBC. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "37 dead, dozens injured in Karachi blast". The News International. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "31 dead in twin blasts in Karachi". Tribune. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Twin explosions rock Karachi". Dawn. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Karachi: 40 dead, dozens hurt in Abbas Town blast". Geo TV. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan:-48 killed, over 200 injured in Karachi blast". Dunya News. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "At least 45 killed, about 150 injured in twin blasts in Pakistan". RT News. Retrieved 10 March 2013.