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Pakistan mourns as funerals are held for Karachi bus victims

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By Euronews
Pakistan mourns as funerals are held for Karachi bus victims

Pakistan has been observing a day of mourning as a mass funeral was held for dozens of people killed in a terror attack on a bus in Karachi.

Hundreds of people paid their respects amid tight security as the minority Ismaili Shi’ites were buried.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, as did a splinter group which says it has links to the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Known as Jundullah, the Sunni group described the victims as infidels.

“This was a very sad incident, innocent people being killed, Muslims should not carry out this kind of terrorist act. In non-Muslim countries no one can hurt you, but unfortunately in our country these things (terrorism) happen. God have mercy on us. The government should control this,” said local resident Abdul Ghafoor.

“People are frightened. The terrorists are moving freely. They do whatever they want and our law enforcement agencies have failed to catch them,” said another man, Mohammad Shahid.

At least 45 people were killed in the attack on the outskirts of the southern port city.

The bus is no longer at the scene; one of more than a dozen injured passengers managed to drive it to a local hospital.

Police said six gunmen on motorcycles fired indiscriminately at people on the bus.