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Sunni-Shi'ite tensions mount

Published:Wednesday | April 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Police say 14 people have been killed in northern Pakistan in attacks linked to tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims there.

Police officer Bisharat Ali says yesterday's violence began when five people were killed in Gilgit town in clashes between police and Sunni Muslims protesting alleged attacks by Shi'ites.

Nine Shiites killed

He says suspected Sunni gunmen later stopped six buses near the town and killed nine Shi'ites on-board.

Ali says a curfew has been imposed in the town and surrounding areas to restore order.

Sunni-Shi'ite violence has long been common in Pakistan, with minority Shi'ites bearing the brunt.

In February, gunmen killed 16 Shi'ite bus passengers in Gilgit, a remote and mountainous district, which in recent years has been largely peaceful.