November 18 2012 – At least 12 people were injured when a bomb went off at a Shia imambargah (prayer hall) in Karachi, The blast occurred at the imambargah in Abbas Town area of Pakistan’s largest city.
The explosion, which was heard from several kilometres away, damaged several nearby buildings The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, where an emergency was declared. A ‘majlis’ or religious gathering had been organised at the imambargah at the time of the attack.
Apparently hidden in a motorcycle parked near the imambargah, The blast was followed by intense firing in the area. The blast also snapped the power supply, plunging the area into darkness and affecting rescue operations.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The explosion occurred despite extensive security arrangements put in place for the Islamic month of Muharram, which has often been marked by attacks on the Shia minority in the past.