Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Karachi KFC staff burnt to death after mosque blast

Telegraph - Six members of staff at American fast-food franchise KFC died during a riot in Karachi following a suicide attack on a Shia mosque.

Four of the victims at the restaurant were burned to death, while the two others died after taking refuge in a refrigeration unit, a senior police official said

Shia Muslims went on the rampage, setting fire to the restaurant, after a suicide attack on a mosque in the southern Pakistani city killed three .

Mobs of angry Shia youths also attacked a hospital, two petrol stations and burned more than a dozen vehicles.

At least 18 people were wounded, four seriously, in the attack at the Mandinatul Ilm mosque, the latest incident of religious violence to hit one of Washington's main allies in its war on terrorism.

More than 100 people have been killed in tit-for-tat attacks by majority Sunni and Shia militants in the past year.

Most of the attacks have been blamed on Sunni militant groups with links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda network which have been angered by Pakistan's support for the war on terrorism.

Analysts say the Sunni militants have revived long standing sectarian rivalry as a means to destabilise Pervez Musharraf's government.