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11 Killed in Pakistan Sectarian Violence

A Shiite Muslim cleric was ambushed Saturday as he drove through the once serene Himalayan tourist destination of Gilgit, setting off a rampage of sectarian violence and arson that left at least 11 people dead, including a family of six that was burned alive in its home. Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism, has suffered a wave of attacks blamed on Islamic militants in recent years, sometimes targeting top government officials and Westerners but more frequently hitting religious targets. In October, a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque killed 31 people in the eastern city of Sialkot. Six days later, a car bombing at a gathering of Sunni radicals in central Multan killed 40 people. Full Story

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