This morning proved to be troublesome for Karachi, as a bus transporting members of the Ismaili community near Safoora Chowrangi, was ambushed with gunfire. Six armed assailants stopped a bus, boarded it and opened indiscriminate fire on all passengers. Out of a total of 60 passengers, 43 were reported dead and as many as 13 were injured.
(Also read: Ismaili community bus attacked in Karachi, 43 killed)
Following the incident, Twitter erupted with tweets from Pakistani celebrities and politicians. The prominent personalities expressed their shock, horror and condolences for the ghastly attack that claimed innocent lives today.
Stunned & grieved at most condemnable terror attack in Karachi on ordinary citizens of Pak belonging to a most peaceful community.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 13, 2015
41 innocent Pakistanis slaughtered yet again..NO this is not acceptable..Terror strikes Pakistan again..NO NO NO. #SafooraChowrangi
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) May 13, 2015
This is a forsaken country. Thought and prayers with all those affected today. But especially, sorrow and shame. — fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) May 13, 2015
Killings at Safoora goth are disgraceful and heinous Action must be taken against these heinous attacks. Very painful and sad
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) May 13, 2015
Extremely sad incident in Khi. No words to condemn this brutality. Condolences to the families of those who lost their innocent lives. — Senator Saeed Ghani (@SaeedGhani1) May 13, 2015
NO words for Safoora Massacre, harmless, polite, innocent men & women from Ismaili community r targeted
— Faisal Subzwari (@faisalsubzwari) May 13, 2015
The Ismailis have contributed immensely to Pakistan’s health,education,culture & business sectors. They have sacrificed their blood for Pak. — salman ahmad (@sufisal) May 13, 2015
Sad day. Very sad day. #killings
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) May 13, 2015
QT AltafHussain has condemned Ruthless Attack on AghaKhan CommBus in which Dozens of lives r Lost Sindh Govt & LEAs Failed2 Maintain L/order — Wasay Jalil (@WasayJalil) May 13, 2015
Critical question: ‘Who has THE RIGHT to live in Pakistan-the terrorists or the terrorized?’ — Zafarullah Khan (@ZafarullahKhan2) May 13, 2015
Heartbreaking. Deeply shocked over terror attack on peaceful citizens in Karachi. The people of this country do not deserve these attacks.
— Jesper M. Sorensen (@jesperms) May 13, 2015
DHC John Tucknott: Deeply saddened to hear of the attack at Safoora Chowk in Karachi. Prayers with all those affected. — UK in Pakistan (@ukinpakistan) May 13, 2015
کراچی سانحه سفاک راء ایجنٹوں کی انسانیت دشمنی کا منه بولتا ثبوت هے اس کی کتنی مذمت کی جائے
— M Ahmad Ludhyanvi (@MAhmadLudhyanvi) May 13, 2015
Condemn a coward buss attack in Karachi 45 innocent people died May Allah rest his soul in heaven
— One Pound Fish (@Real1PoundFish) May 13, 2015
I highly condemn terrorist attack on Bus in Karachi.The loss of precious lives r regrettable.my sympatheties&thoughts r wid their families — Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) May 13, 2015
@Hadiqa_Kiani Its a high time for another martial law…
— Taha Baig (@TAHABAIG) May 13, 2015
Saddening ! Unprovoked firing at a bus carrying Ismailis, in Karachi !
— Humaima Malick (@HumaimaMalick) May 13, 2015