[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Riots in Pakistan turn deadly
A series of attacks in Karachi leave at least 17 dead as security forces struggle to gain control of the city.
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2010 21:18 GMT
The violence was triggered after shots were fired at the funeral procession of a Shia leader Tanvir Abbas [AFP]

At least 17 people were killed in firing incidents in the Pakistani commercial hub of Karachi, as unidentified attackers torched at least three vehicles, police said.

Reporting for Al Jazeera from Islamabad, Kamal Hyder said that Monday's attacks spread over a large area of the city over "tensions boiling over ethnic as well as sectarian issues."

Two persons from minority Shi'ite community, two from a Sunni religious group and two others from a political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were gunned down in different neighbourhoods in the city. Karachi has been on edge since the stabbing death of MQM figure Imran Farooq in London on Friday. Shia leader Tanvir was then shot and killed on Sunday. Gunmen opened fired on his funeral procession, triggering riots and violence throughout Pakistan's largest city.

Another man was killed in crossfire when protesters from the funeral clashed with security forces. Unidentified protesters burnt tyres and torched at least three vehicles.

Al Jazeera's Hyder reports that the paramilitary forces have been "unable to control the situation" in a city "which has seen a lot of violence, including target killings as well."

Source:
Al Jazeera and Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
join our mailing list