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Eight Shi'ites killed in Pakistan

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:24

May 6 - Suspected Islamic militants open fire on a group of Shi'ite Muslims in a park in the southwestern Pakistani town of Quetta, killing at least eight and injuring 15. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Bloodstains and bullet casings - the aftermath of a deadly shooting in the southwestern Pakistani town of Quetta on Friday. Police said suspected Islamic militants opened fire on a group of Shi'ite Muslims who were visiting a neighbourhood park, killing at least eight and injuring 15. A local politician explains what happened. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SECRETARY GENERAL OF HAZARA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AHMED KOZADO: "Four, five people got out from a car and opened fire with Kalashnikovs. It went on for about 10, 15 minutes. After that they got into the car and fled towards Shalkot." This is the first major violent incident in Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden on Monday by US special forces. Authorities are worried about a backlash from Sunni Muslim militant groups, many of which have ties to al Qaeda. They have previously targeted the minority Shi'ites, who they view as heretics and who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan's population of 170 million. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attack. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Eight Shi'ites killed in Pakistan

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:24