What a shock.
Shiite Muslims beat eight Sunni students to death today during their religious procession in Rawalpindi.
Protestors block a fire brigade after setting on fire a market outside a seminary during clashes between two groups in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Friday, Nov 15, 2013.— (AP Dawn)
Clashes continued into the night.
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Shiite Muslims staging a religious procession near Pakistan’s capital Friday killed seven Sunnis from an Islamic seminary for insulting them as they passed, officials said.
Thirty-two other people were wounded in the clash in the city of Rawalpindi, which is located next to the capital, Islamabad, hospital official Mohammad Qasim said. Thirteen of the injured had gunshot wounds, Qasim said.
The Shiites dragged the Sunnis out of the seminary after hearing the shouted insults and killed them, police officer Afzal Hussain said. They also set dozens of shops outside the seminary on fire, he said.
Pakistani Shiite Muslims assist an injured Sunni Muslim following clashes during an Ashura procession in Rawalpindi on November 15, 2013. AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images
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.