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Eight members of minority Shia community killed in Quetta explosion

May 6, 2011 - Quetta

At least eight people belonging to Pakistan's minority Shia community have been killed in an explosion in Quetta.

Police said the cause of the blast, which wounded ten others, was not clear, the BBC reports.

According to a report, suspected militants had opened fire on a group of Shias and fled, while another report said that rockets were fired on the people.

Sunni and Shia extremists have frequently clashed and launched attacks on each other over the past 20 years.

In January, at least ten people were killed when twin blasts targeted Shia processions in Lahore and Karachi.

In September 2010, at least 50 people died in a suicide bombing at a Shia rally in Quetta.

The group accused of orchestrating the violence in recent years is Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which is widely seen as the armed wing of the militant Sunni Sipah-e-Sahaba group.


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