Sufi Shrine in Pakistan Is Hit by a Lethal Double Bombing

October 7, 2010

Author: Huma Imtiaz

Source: The New York Times

A nearly simultaneous double explosion that may have been the work of suicide bombers struck a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s main port city of Karachi on Thursday evening, killing at least 7 people and wounding 65, officials and rescue workers said.

It was the first attack on the shrine, the grave of the Sufi saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi, and it appeared to be an effort by hard-line militants in Pakistan to strike at the heart of Sufism, the moderate, more flexible blend of Islam practiced by most Pakistanis.