Three killed in militant attack on Pak Sufi shrine

A pair of pro-Taliban militants stormed a Sufi shrine near the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today, killing at least three persons.

Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 15:20 PM IST

Islamabad: A pair of pro-Taliban militants
stormed a Sufi shrine near the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today, killing at least three persons.

The militants attacked the shrine of Ghazi Baba at
Badabher on the outskirts of Peshawar and fired at four
custodians, witnesses said.

Three of the custodians died instantly, state-run PTV
reported. The fourth one was also injured in the attack.
The attackers fled after the incident.

Police said a search operation had been launched to
apprehend the attackers and added that the motive behind the
incident was unclear.

Local residents said the shrine`s custodians had received
threats from unidentified men.
The Taliban recently carried out a series of suicide and
bomb attacks on Sufi shrines across Pakistan, killing scores
of people.

The Taliban consider visiting shrines of saints as
"un-Islamic."
In a separate incident, three persons, including a woman,
were injured when a police van was targeted with a
remote-controlled improvised explosive device in Nagman area
of Peshawar this morning, police said.

The bomb was planted near a gas pipeline and went off as
the van was passing through the area.

Bureau Report