Monday 19 February 2018

Seven killed in Pakistan clashes

A Pakistan army soldier patrols on a street during a curfew in Rawalpindi (AP)
A Pakistan army soldier patrols on a street during a curfew in Rawalpindi (AP)
Pakistan army troops patrol during a curfew in Rawalpindi (AP)

The Pakistani government has imposed a rare curfew in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, next to the capital Islamabad, after sectarian clashes during a Shiite religious commemoration killed seven Sunni Muslims.

Residents were ordered to stay in their homes until further notice, according to Shoaib Bin Aziz, an official with the government of Punjab province.

Soldiers and police were patrolling the streets to impose the curfew.

The seven Sunnis were killed yesterday in a clash with Shiites who were holding a procession to mark Ashoura, one of the sect's most important religious occasions.

Police officer Mohammad Wasim said 35 other people were wounded. Shiites set fire to dozens of shops in anger.

Fire department official Mohammad Mazhar said two Shiite mosques were set on fire overnight.

Press Association

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