Bomber kills Shia leader in Pakistan

Allama Hassan Turabi, a Shia Muslim cleric, has been killed in a suicide attack in Karachi.

    Debris is removed from the bomb scene

    Turabi, the leader of the Shia party Islamic Tehreek Pakistan, was injured when the attacker detonated a bomb at the gate of his house as he was getting into a car.

    The cleric later died in hospital, along with his cousin and a bodyguard.

    Aftab Khan Sherpao, Pakistan's interior minister, condemned the blast and promised to find those responsible for organising the attack.

    Sherpao said: "This is an act of terrorism, but at this stage we cannot say who was behind it."

    Turabi had narrowly escaped an attempt on his life in April when a roadside bomb went off near his car.

    Pakistan has been blighted for years by violence blamed on extremist elements among its Sunni and Shia sects.

    Both sects have generally attacked places of worship and religious leaders.

    In April, a suicide bombing at a Sunni gathering at a park in Karachi killed 57 people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.