Sectarian clashes in Pakistan kill 9 people

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Members of a radical Sunni Muslim group clashed Friday with minority Shiites in central Pakistan, fighting that killed nine, police said.

The clashes between the Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat members and the Shiites happened in the town of Bhakkar in Punjab province, police official Abdullah Khan said. The conflict followed a protest rally held by the Sunnis after one of their members was gunned down while closing his shop. Five Sunnis and four Shiites were killed in the clashes, Khan said.

Pakistan has experienced worsening sectarian violence in recent years, especially attacks by radical Sunnis targeting Shiites.

Also Friday, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside a Sunni seminary on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad, killing two people and wounding a third, police official Mohammad Bashir said.

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