Pakistan: 40 killed in Sunni-Shiite clashes

Gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslims in a remote town in northwestern Pakistan, triggering gunbattles between majority Sunni and minority Shiites that left at least 40 people dead and 43 wounded, officials said Saturday. The trouble began Friday when unidentified people began shooting at Shiites near their mosque in Parachinar, about 250 kilometers (150 miles) southwest of Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier province bordering Afghanistan. Some of the Shiites blamed rival Sunni Muslims for the violence, and began burning Sunni-owned shops and homes. The ensuing riots left 40 people dead, said a security official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.