Pakistani Shias riot over killing

Police fired shots into the air to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Karachi who torched cars and blocked roads in protest over the killing of a Shia Muslim.

    Sectarian violence has plagued Karachi in recent years

    The riots broke out in the southern port city on Saturday after two gunman on a motorcycle killed Abne Hasan, a doctor.

    Police said the shooting, which occured in the eastern party of the city before noon, appeared to be a sectarian attack.

    "It was a targeted killing. He was shot dead in front of his house," said Tariq Jameel, the city's deputy police chief.

    Escalating attacks

    Dozens of people - mostly angry Shia Muslim youngsters - suffered minor injuries in scuffles with police, who struggled to control the crowd.

    Another police official said protestors torched two cars, one motorcycle and a state-run bank, and blocked the city's main Sharah-e-Faisal road.

    No group claimed responsibility for the killing, which came just over a month after at least 53 people were killed in a sectarian attack on a Shia mosque in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, close to the Afghan border.

    A mainly Sunni Muslim country, Pakistan has been wracked by sectarian attacks which have been stepped up this year. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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