Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sectarian killings plague Pakistan city

KARACHI, Pakistan (UPI) -- Sectarian violence in Pakistan has claimed the lives of at least seven people in separate incidents during a 24-hour period, Pakistani police say.

Among the victims were an elderly man and a religious activist, both shot dead in different parts of Karachi, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported Tuesday.

Religious leaders and scholars condemned the latest killings and said the government has failed to put an end to ongoing sectarian violence that began this month.

Monday night, youths hurled stones at vehicles passing through one Karachi neighborhood, prompting police to use teargas to disperse them.

A police spokesman told Dawn each incident was being investigated separately.

"In several cases, we have found evidence that suggest these were, indeed, sectarian killings," the spokesman said.

The sects involved weren't reported.

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This news arrived on: 06/15/2010

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