Gunmen open fire on bus in Pakistan, 18 killed

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Posted: Feb 28, 2012 1:48 AM
Gunmen open fire on bus in Pakistan, 18 killed

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in the northern Pakistani district of Kohistan in an apparent sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing 18 people, police officials said.

"All the people on board were Shi'ites, and at the moment it looks like they were targeted by armed men from the local Sunni community," a senior police official told Reuters.

The majority of Pakistanis are Sunni Muslims, with Shi'ites accounting for around 15 percent of a population of around 180 million.

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR; Writing by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Sanjeev Miglani)