Karachi: Gunmen on motorcycles killed at least four people at a religious gathering in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack claimed by the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction.
The shooting took place in the North Nazimabad neighbourhood of the sprawling metropolis of more than 18 million people, where sectarian, ethnic and political violence is common.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's Al Alami faction killed more than 60 police cadets in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday in an attack in conjunction with IS.
But it said it carried out this attack on its own.
"Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Alami accepts responsibility for those killed in this attack," said Ali bin Sufyan, the group's spokesperson, in a statement.
Provincial police chief Allah Dino Khwaja told reporters men on two motorcycles fired on the gathering.
Four people were killed and three others wounded, Nasir Aftab, a senior police officer, said.
Violent crime has dropped significantly in Karachi since the launch of a paramilitary operation in the city three years ago, but targeted attacks still occur frequently.