February 5th, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Bombings kill at least 18 in Pakistani city, authorities say

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - A blast targeting a bus filled with Shiite religious observers in Karachi killed at least 12 people Friday, and another explosion in front of a hospital where attack victims were being treated killed six more, a government official said.

Motorcycles were used in both assaults, police said, and they came during the Shiite observance of Arbaeen. The commemoration takes place 40 days after the anniversary of Imam Hussein's death, which is known as Ashura.

Sindh provincial health minister Dr. Saghir Ahmed said that along with the 12 dead, 30 people were injured in the first blast.

The second blast happened in front of the emergency room at Jinnah Hospital, where doctors treated people from the first attack and people on stretchers were waiting to be taken into the crowded facility. Along with the six slain, five people were wounded.

The last deadly blast in Karachi took place during Ashura in late December, when more than 40 people were killed.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Muslim followers routinely publicly state Islam is and means 'Peace'. And it appears Muslim holy books forbid and strongly condemn Muslims murdering other Muslims. And yet we find here as in many similar examples where Muslim Ayatollahs, Clerics, Mullahs, and Immans who have convinced Muslim believers that not only is it OK to murder other Muslims, it is what their 'Allah' wants them to do.

    Those Muslim Ayatollahs, Clerics, Mullahs, and Immans that state it is OK to murder other Muslims because 'Allah' wants them to do so are EVIL people and are as Evil as the horrific slaughter that occurred in this bombing.

    February 6, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    How come they don't make barriers so that They can't get close enough to kill anyone??? They do it with the Government Building here!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |