Gunmen attack minibus in Pakistan, kill 7 Shi’ites
Last Updated: Thursday, September 01, 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 01, 2011, 15:21

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