Pakistanis attend a funeral prayer of the victims of Friday’s bombing in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. – AP
Thousands attend funeral as death toll rises to 31
Saturday, 06 Feb, 2010||Safar 21, 1431
“Six more people died overnight, raising the death toll to 31,” provincial government spokesman Jameel Soomro told AFP.
He said at least 170 wounded people were being treated at various hospitals around Karachi.
At a funeral Saturday for some of those killed, thousands of mourners beat their chests and cried loudly as the bodies of 14 victims were brought to a Karachi sports field.
Pakistani TV channels broadcast live footage from the venue, showing men and women clad in black and carrying black flags, beating their chests and chanting slogans of “Ya Hussein, Ya Hussein.”
“More than 10,000 people attended the funeral of the 14 deceased,” said a local police official, Javed Mehr, who was deployed at the ground.
Mehr told AFP that “the entire area was sealed off by police and paramilitary rangers to avoid any untoward incident.”
Police and paramilitary rangers patrolled streets and sensitive areas and Mehr said security had been stepped up at all hospitals and sensitive areas around Karachi, which has been swept by political violence in recent months.
Most shops in the sprawling city of 18 million people were closed and public transport was off the roads as several thousand mourners gathered at funerals of some of the victims of the two bombs.
Paramilitary spokesman Maj. Aurang Zeb said security forces were on maximum alert at the funeral in the Malir area of the city.
The first attack on Friday killed 12 Shias, followed hours later by a blast at a hospital where the wounded were being treated which killed 13 people.