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Gunmen kill 11 in attack on Shiites

Gunmen have opened fire on a minibus carrying minority Shiite Muslims in south-western Pakistan, killing 11 people in what appeared to be a sectarian attack.

Two people were also wounded in the ambush in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, senior police official Hamid Shakeel said. The dead included one woman and two children.

Mr Shakeel said the victims were heading to the nearby town of Hazara when four gunmen ambushed the minibus before fleeing.

Angered over the killings, dozens of Shiites briefly blocked a main road and torched two cars and two motorcycles, Mr Shakeel said. Police regained control of the situation with help from local Shiite elders.

Mr Shakeel added that police were trying to track down the assailants.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities have blamed majority Sunni militant groups for such violence in the past.


From Belfast Telegraph