PARACHINAR – Suspected Sunni Muslim tribesmen in Pakistan have raided a Shia Muslim village near the Afghan border, killing five people, in the lastest clash in a week of violence that has killed about 40 people.
Sectarian violence has bedevilled Pakistan since the 1980s but the latest clashes have erupted in tribal lands on the Afghan border where security forces are already battling Al Qaeda and Taleban-linked militants and hunting for their leaders.
The army shelled positions of the rival factions late on Wednesday in an effort to quell fighting after gunmen raided Chardiwar village in the Kurram tribal region, a government official said….
Another government official, who declined to be identified, said five villagers were killed in Chardiwar, six wounded and several houses burnt.
The clashes erupted late last week after an exchange of insults during a religious procession in Parachinar, the region’s main town. A curfew was imposed last Friday but has failed to stop the violence.