Parachinar: A local government official says gunmen have killed seven Shi’ite Muslims in an attack on a minibus in northwestern Pakistan.
Jameel-ur-Rehman says it was apparently a sectarian attack. The gunmen ambushed the bus in an area of the Kurram tribal region. The driver and six passengers were all Shi’ites.
No one claimed responsibility for Thursday`s attack.
Shi’ite Muslims are a minority in overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan. While most Sunnis and Shi’ites live together peacefully, extremists from both sides have often targeted each other`s leaders and activists.
The Sunni-Shi’ite schism over the true heir to Islam`s Prophet Muhammad dates back to the seventh century.