Shiites beat 3 Sunnis to death in Pakistan

SHIITESShiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistan’s capital Friday beat to death three Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, police said.

Fifteen other people, mostly police officers, were wounded in the clash in the city of Rawalpindi, which is located next to the capital, Islamabad, police officer Afzal Hussain said.

The Shiites dragged the Sunnis out of the seminary after hearing the shouted insults and beat them to death, Hussain said. They also set several shops outside the seminary on fire, he said.

Police tried to stop the clash, but officers were wounded as the two sides threw stones at each other, Hussain said. An army unit based in Rawalpindi eventually reached the scene and took control.

The Shiites were observing Ashoura, which commemorates …

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