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
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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