In a press release by leader of the Ismaili community, Aga Khan, he expresses shock and sadness in wake of today’s attack.
“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” the statement says.
The Aga Khan noted that the Ismailis are a peaceful global community living in harmony with other religious and ethnic groups in many countries across the world, including in the Muslim world.
The Ismaili leaders in Pakistan are currently involved in an emergency operation trying to help the survivors of the attack, the statement further stated.
Six unidentified assailants on motorbikes opened fire on a bus belonging to the Ismaili community in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area, leaving at least 43 dead and 24 injured on Wednesday.
Initial reports revealed that the motorcyclists used 9mm pistols in the attack which killed 43 persons and left two dozen injured.