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Pakistani Shias gunned down

Gunmen have opened fire inside a Shia place of worship in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least nine people and wounding several others. At least three gunmen on motorcycles opened fire with automatic weapons at the entrance of the Imam Bargha just as worshippers were arriving for evening prayers, an interior ministry spokesman said. No group has yet admitted responsibility for the attack. Violence between opposing militants from the majority Sunni and minority Shia communities has claimed hundred of lives in Pakistan in recent years. Most of the deaths have been blamed on a Sunni Muslim extremist group, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), which has been banned by the government. A breakaway faction of the SSP, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, is also blamed for attacks on Shia Muslims and several of its members have been arrested. Full Story

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