11 Dead in Aftermath of Mosque Bombing

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AP


On May 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, “A mob angered by an al-Qaida-linked suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque set a KFC restaurant afire in overnight rioting, killing six employees and bringing the day’s overall death toll to 11, police said Tuesday.

Security in Karachi shifted into ‘high alert,’ said Rauf Siddiqi, home minister of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital.

‘These incidents are happening one after the other. We are trying to find a link between them,’ he told the private Geo television station. ‘This is a criminal and merciless attack.’

The bomber slipped into the mosque during a shootout with police that left another attacker and two officers dead, and blew himself up during evening prayers Monday, killing one worshipper and wounding 20.

An enraged crowd of about 1,000 Shiites, many beating their chests in mourning, rampaged afterward in this southern city, setting fire to cars and shops and killing at least six more people.”