At least 12 killed in a roadside bomb blast in Pakistan

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Parachinar: At least 12 people were killed when a roadside bomb hit a minibus carrying minority in northwest Pakistan, a government official said.

As per officials information the incident took place on Wednesday shortly after the victims left Spai village in the Orakzai tribal area. Spai is a predominantly Shiite village. The Shiites were headed for the nearby district of Kohat.

Notably, Pakistan has the majority of Sunnis but despite of this fact most Sunnis and Shiites live peacefully together.

Pakistan has a long history of sectarian attacks by extremists on both sides. Attacks by Sunnis in recent times, on Shiites have been more common.

The Sunni-Shiite schism over the true heir to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad dates back to the seventh century.
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