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Riots Follow Slaying of Sunni Politician

October 08, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Rioters attacked police and burned Shiite Muslim mosques in several Pakistani cities, demanding revenge a day after a hard-line Sunni Muslim politician was gunned down in the capital, Islamabad.

Three bodyguards and a driver also were killed in the assassination of parliament member Maulana Azam Tariq, onetime leader of Sipah-e-Sahaba, a banned extremist group known for attacks on Shiites. At least one person was killed in the riots.

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