40 killed in Sunni-Shiite clashes in Pakistan

April 8, 2007 04:24
40 killed in Sunni-Shiite clashes in Pakistan

Pakistan attack 88. (photo credit: AP)

Gunbattles between majority Sunnis and minority Shiites left at least 40 people dead and 43 wounded in remote northwestern Pakistan after gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslims, an official said. Arbab Mohammed Arif Khan, secretary for law and order in Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal regions, said authorities had imposed a round-the-clock curfew to control the situation in Parachinar, the North West Frontier province bordering Afghanistan. "People from both sides damaged each other's property on Friday and Saturday, and sporadic clashes are still continuing there," Khan said. The trouble began Friday when gunmen began shooting at Shiites near their mosque, according to Gul Jan, a local resident.

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