Hand grenade attacks kill 2, wound 30 in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a pair of hand grenade attacks on minority Ismaili prayer houses in southern Pakistan have killed two people and wounded 30 others.

Police officer Amir Farooqi says the attacks occurred 30 minutes apart Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. The assailants targeted Ismailis, who make up a branch of Shiite Islam.

Farooqi says the dead included a woman and a child and many of the wounded are also women and children.

Pakistan is a majority Sunni Muslim country, and minority Shiites have been increasingly targeted by radical Sunnis. Many of the attacks have occurred in southwest Baluchistan province. But Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, has also experienced similar violence.

The city is home to many Islamic militants, including members of the Pakistani Taliban and their allies.

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