Karachi mourns 45 dead after weekend bombing

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Karachi, Pakistan “shut down” Monday, according to news media Dawn, after two bombs Sunday in the city’s Abbastown area killed 45 people and injured 135. The government declared an official day of mourning and most schools, businesses and markets are closed.

The target of the bombs was not clear reports Aljazeera: they went off in front of two apartment buildings and set off a gas explosion. The buildings are in a mainly Shia neighbourhood in Pakistan’s largest city. Reuters says the bombs caught Shiite Muslims as they were leaving a mosque, suggesting that this is “another signal Sunni militants are escalating sectarian attacks”.

Links to other sites: Aljazeera, Dawn, Reuters