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Pakistan: Roadside bomb kills 12 Shi'ites

2012-07-18 09:48

Parachinar — A minibus carrying Shi'ite Muslims hit a roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 12 of them in the country's latest apparent sectarian attack.

The incident took place shortly after the victims left Spai, a predominantly Shi'ite village in the Orakzai tribal area, said local government official Jamil Khan. They were headed for the nearby district of Kohat, he said.

Pakistan is a majority Sunni Muslim state, and most Sunnis and Shi'ites live peacefully together. But the country has a long history of sectarian attacks by extremists on both sides.

Attacks by Sunni militants on Shi'ites have been on the rise over the last year, especially in southwestern Baluchistan province.

The Sunni-Shi'ite schism over the true heir to Islam's Prophet Muhammad dates back to the seventh century.