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IS claims deadly attack on Ismaili community in Karachi

KARACHI: The Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen on a bus that killed at least 43 Ismaili community members in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi.

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“Thanks be to Allah, 43 apostates were killed and around 30 were wounded in an attack carried out by Islamic State soldiers on a bus transporting Shiite Ismaili infidels in the city of Karachi,” the extremist group said in a statement posted on jihadist Twitter accounts.

According to AFP, it was the first official claim of responsibility by the IS leadership of an attack in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

IS, which has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, announced in January the creation of a branch in what it called “Khorasan province”, encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of surrounding countries.

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IS claims deadly attack on Ismaili community in Karachi

by Azhar Khan