Pakistani Gunmen Kill 8 in Troubled Region

Monday, 27 August 2012 04:36 AM

QUETTA, Pakistan — A Pakistani official says two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a car carrying Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan, killing three of them.

Senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir says two Shiites were also wounded in Monday's attack in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province.

No one claimed responsibility.

In a separate incident late Sunday, government official Pervez Ahmed said gunmen killed five Sunni Muslims in the town of Mach in Baluchistan.

Baluchistan is the site of a long-running insurgency by rebels who want a greater share of the region's resources and more autonomy. It's also home to Islamic militants who frequently target Shiites.

Shiites make up a sizable minority in Pakistan, but many Sunni extremists do not view them as true Muslims.

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