Thursday, January 10, 2013

String of bombings kill 101, injure 200 in Pakistan | Reuters

  • An unusually relatively honest article by Reuters about the terror war between Sunni and Shia in Pakistan. In Pakistan, the Shia comprise about 20%, so they get the brunt of it. If they were the majority, it would be the other way around. Surprising, the article is honest in pointing out that the Saudis are behind the funding of Sunni terrorist groups.

    My Diigo highlights in article:

    • (Reuters) - At least 101 people were killed in bombings in two Pakistani cities on Thursday in one of the country's bloodiest days in recent years, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in Quetta.
    • The bombings underscored the myriad threats Pakistani security forces face from homegrown Sunni extremist groups, the Taliban insurgency in the northwest and the less well-known Baloch insurgency in the southwest.
    • The attacks happened in a predominately Shia neighborhood and banned sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility. The extremist Sunni group targets Shias, who make up about 20 percent of Pakistani's population.
    • Targeted killings and bombings of Shia communities are common in Pakistan, and rights groups say hundreds of Shia were killed last year. Militant groups in Balochistan frequently bomb or shoot Shia passengers on buses travelling to neighboring Iran.
      The killers are rarely caught and some Shia activists say militants work alongside elements of Pakistan's security forces, who see them as a potential bulwark against neighboring India.
    • Many Pakistanis fear their nation could become the site of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia, source of funding for Sunni extremist groups, and Iran, which is largely Shia.
    • A Taliban spokesman said they were not responsible for Thursday's bombing.
Posted from Diigo.