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Shi'ite Mourners Attack U.S. Food Chain in Pakistan

Hundreds of mourners went on the rampage in the restive Pakistani city of Karachi Sunday after the funeral of Shi’ite Muslims killed in a gun attack, targeting two American fast-food restaurants and smashing vehicles. The violence occurred after funeral prayers attended by more than 5,000 people for two of nine Shi’ite Muslims killed by unidentified gunmen outside a mosque in the city on Saturday. The assailants fled and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. It appeared, however, to be a fresh outbreak of the Muslim sectarian violence that has dogged Pakistan for the past decade. Police and witnesses said that after Sunday’s funerals, crowds of angry youths attacked two Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, two petrol stations and smashed up cars. “The crowd did not try to set them ablaze, but only hurled stones, smashing their glass,” Karachi police chief Tariq Jameel told Reuters. “There is no apparent reason to attack the KFCs or any other places. But there was a lot of anger and anguish among the mourners. The situation is now under control.” Full Story

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