Eight people killed in suspected sectarian violence in northwest PakistanMarch 25th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Mar 25(ANI): At least eight people have been killed and fifteen others abducted as gunmen attacked vehicles carrying Shia Muslims through a volatile northwest Pakistan district on Friday, according to officials.
Some five others were also injured in the ambush, which is said to have occurred in the Bagan area of the Kurram tribal agency, the BBC reports.
While it is unclear how many vehicles were attacked by the gunmen, reports say that those targeted were Shia Muslims.
The attack is said to have occurred on the main road that runs through the Kurram tribal agency connecting the regional capital with the city of Parachinar.
The region is close to the Afghan border, which has suffered outbreaks of violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Over 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence between the groups since the late 1980s. (ANI)
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