Gunmen attack minibus in Pakistan, kill 7 Shi’ites

Last Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 15:21

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 15:21
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