KARACHI, Pakistan — Gunmen went on killing sprees in Pakistan’s largest city after the assassination of a lawmaker, killing at least 37 people by today. Dozens of vehicles and shops were set on fire as security forces struggled to gain control as Karachi seethed.
The southern city of more than 16 million has a history of political, ethnic, and religious violence, and has long been a hideout for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
The latest unrest occurred after Raza Haider, a provincial lawmaker, was shot dead along with his bodyguard in a mosque while preparing to offer prayers.
Haider was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the political party that runs the city and represents mainly descendants of migrants from India who settled in Pakistan.
Officials from different hospitals put the death toll this morning at 37. Some 80 people had suffered gunshot wounds.
A Sindh Province spokesman said at least 10 people were arrested.