Gunmen threw grenades at a Sufi Islamic religious gathering yesterday in the port city of Karachi,
Pakistan, and then opened fire on the people assembled to offer prayers, killing eight, the USA Today website reports today (February 10, 2014).
Eight more people were wounded in the attack, said Aftab Chanur, an official at the hospital who gave the death toll.
The four gunmen on motorcycles first lobbed grenades at the building where a Sufi cleric was receiving his followers, then raked it with automatic fire, said police official Javed Odho. He added that women and children were among the dead and wounded.
Pakistan is 95 percent Muslim, and the majority of Pakistanis practice Sufi-influenced Islam. Nonetheless, their shrines and followers have come under attack in Pakistan by Sunni Muslim militants who don't consider them to be true Muslims, and who consider their shrines to be sacrilegious.