Police: 10 Shiites killed in attack in Pakistan

Associated Press Modified: June 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm •  Published: June 28, 2012
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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected Sunni Muslim militants attacked a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in southwest Pakistan Thursday, killing at least 10 people, officials said.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb hit a paramilitary convoy in the country's northwest, killing seven soldiers, a government official said.

Shiite Muslims are a minority in overwhelmingly Sunni Pakistan. Although most Sunnis and Shiites live peacefully together, extremists from both sides have targeted each other over the past three decades. In recent years, Sunni attacks on Shiites have been far more common. The Sunni-Shiite schism over the true heir to Islam's Prophet Muhammad dates back to the seventh century.

The bus that was attacked with a bomb and gunfire was carrying around 40 passengers and was traveling from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, said senior local police officer Hamid Shakeel.

Police are unsure whether the bus was hit by a car bomb or explosives buried next to the road, said Quetta police chief Mir Zubair Mahmood.

In addition to those killed, 25 people were wounded, said Mohammed Jafar, a doctor at the main hospital in Quetta.

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