A powerful explosion ripped through a crowd of Shiites as they left a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, on Sunday, killing at least 45 people. It was the latest atrocity in an escalating campaign of countrywide sectarian violence.
The explosion blew the front off two five-storey apartment blocks in the Abbas town area of Pakistan’s largest city, setting one on fire and trapping people beneath piles of rubble.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, which badly damaged two apartment blocks and spread fire through homes and shops. At least 149 people were wounded, city officials said.
Karachi is plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence, with more than 2,200 people killed in shootings and bombings last year, but bomb blasts on this scale are rare.