Pakistan: Gunmen Open Fire on Bus, Killing 18

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Gunmen open fire on a passenger bus in northern Pakistan, killing 18 people. According to the police, it appears to be a sectarian attack committed by Sunni muslims against Shi'ites.

In the northern Pakistani district of Kohistan, gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in an apparent sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing 18 people.

The bus came under attack in an area inhabited by two Sunni tribes about 102 miles north of Islamabad.

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

Both communities largely live in peace with each other but militants from the two sides have killed thousands of people in tit-for-tat attacks since the beginning of Islamist militancy in the country in the 1980s.