Curfew imposed as 4 die in violence in Pakistani city
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, April 3, IRNA -- At least four people were killed and scores of others injured in sectarian clashes in a northern Pakistani city on Tuesday, police in the region and local media said.
Curfew was also imposed in Gilgit city after clashes erupted in the morning and announcements were made by the police asking the people to stay indoors.
A Sunni group had called for a shutter-down and wheel-jam strike in Gilgit to press the government for release of its supporters. The activists of ‘Ahli-Sunnah Wal-Jamaat’ group had been arrested in connection with the last month firing on a procession of rival group.
Geo TV reported that supporters of two sectarian groups are attacking each other in parts of the city. The clashes started when supporters of the Sunni group burnt tyers on roads and reportedly forced the people to shut shops.
Police confirmed that at least four people were killed and 27 were injured. TV channels reported that nearly 40 were injured.
Ambulance service is facing problems to shift the injured to hospitals in view of clashes, residents said.
Reports said that doctors could not reach the hospitals as roads are blocked. A group of doctors was also on strike for acceptance of their demands, further complicating the situation.
TV channels reported that unidentified gunmen also threw hand grenades on the people, injuring 25 people. Several police men were also among the injured.
Residents said that gunmen are firing despite imposition of curfew in the city. Extra police force was also deployed in disturbed areas but they have not yet been successful in quelling the violence.
Residents said that the police made announcements through loudspeakers asking the people not to come out of homes in view of the violence.
The area has been tense following the last month massacre of 18 Shiite Muslims by gunmen in Kohistan area, near Gilgit. All slain men were travelling to Gilt in buses when gunmen stopped them and separated Shiites and sprayed bullets at them.
An anti-Shiite group ‘Jundullah’ had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80060181
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