Gunmen Kill Key Pakistani Shiite Leader

Published November 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Gunmen Thursday shot dead a senior leader of a Pakistani Shiite Muslim community in suspected sectarian violence, police and family sources said. 

Anwar Ali Akhunzada was sprayed with bullets soon after he left his home for a nearby Internet Club in the city's Kohati Bazar, police said. 

Two unidentified men armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles opened fire and fled, leaving Akhunzada in a critical condition, they said. 

Akhnunzada, who was secretary general of the Shiite political party, Tehreek-i-Jafria Pakistan (TJP), was rushed to hospital where he died of multiple injuries, family sources said. 

A police official said investigations were underway to determine the motive behind the assassination. 

"It could be a terrorist attack or sectarian violence," he said. 

The killing came after several weeks of relative calm. More than 300 people have been killed in sectarian attacks in Pakistan over the past three years. 

Police officials blame the attacks on militants from the majority Sunni and minority Shiite Muslim communities -- PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) 



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