Gunmen kill 13 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in Pakistan say suspected Sunni extremists killed 13 Shiite Muslims and one Sunni execution-style today in southwestern Pakistan.

The attackers stopped a bus carrying mostly Shiite Muslims who were headed to work. They ordered the riders off the bus, made them stand in a line and then opened fire. Six people were wounded -- four Shiites and two Sunnis.

Sunni militants with links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have carried out at least four major attacks in the province since May.

Shiites protested the attack, setting fire to the bus that had taken the victims to the hospital.

Pakistan is a majority Sunni Muslim state, with Shiites making up about 15 percent of the population.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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