Pakistani Gunmen Kill 21 in Karachi

Shootings occur during election, may be gang-related
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2010 9:46 AM CDT
Pakistani Gunmen Kill 21 in Karachi
In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 photo, an injured victim of shooting incident is brought to a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Gunmen have killed at least 21 people in Karachi in the past 24 hours, raising tensions in Pakistan's largest city as voters headed to the polls Sunday to elect a replacement...   (Fareed Khan)

(Newser) – Gunmen have killed at least 21 Pakistanis in Karachi today in a hail of bullets that accompanies a special election to replace a lawmaker who was slain two months ago. The violence may be linked to the city's two main political parties, both of which are seeking the open seat, and the gangs they control, reports the AP. One party announced its withdrawal from the race last night as the shootings began.

"We cannot say whether all the killings were politically motivated or some gangs were involved because the killings took place in different parts of the city and were not confined to the area where the elections were being held," Karachi's police chief said. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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