14 killed in Gilgit and Chillas

14 killed in Gilgit and Chillas

Thirteen people have been killed in ongoing violent incidents in Gilgit and Chillas areas, Geo news reported.

According to official sources, armed men offloaded passengers from a bus and opened fire in Chillas.Nine people were killed while six buses were also set ablaze.Earlier, curfew was imposed in Gilgit when four people were killed and 45 injured in clashes following a hand grenade attack.

In the latest development, the ISPR states that the Army has been summoned to Gilgit to control the law and order situation.

According to sources, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was observing a shutter down strike on Tuesday when unknown men hurled hand grenades at Ittehad Chowk that injured two policemen and a civilian.

The grenade attack initiated clashes that later killed four people and injured 45 others. The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital.

Different roads were blocked by burning tyres and incidents of aerial firing were also reported.

Witnesses said that the district administration and law enforcement agencies were not present to control the violent situation where as fear gripped the entire area after hostility.

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Gunmen opened fire and killed six passengers Chillas, Geo News reported.

According to official sources, the passengers were taken off buses and were then killed while six buses were also set ablaze.

Earlier, curfew was imposed in Gilgit when four people were killed and 45 injured in clashes following a hand grenade.

According to sources, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was observing a shutter down strike on Tuesday when unknown men hurled hand grenades at Ittehad Chowk that injured two policemen and a civilian.

The grenade attack initiated clashes that later killed four people and injured 45 others. The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital.

Different roads were blocked by burning tyres and incidents of aerial firing were also reported.

Witnesses said that the district administration and law enforcement agencies were not present to control the violent situation where as fear gripped the entire area after hostility.

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At least five killed, two dozen injured in Gilgit violence

At least five people have been killed and around two dozen wounded after a wave of violence erupted in different areas of Gilgit on Tuesday; curfew has been imposed in the area, DawnNews reported.

 The violence in the area started after a bomb blast at a rally of people protesting for the release of Maulana Ataullah of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat at Ittehad chowk.

The bomb blast left at least 22 people wounded.

The blast caused a state of panic in the area resulting in continuous firing in the different parts of Gilgit.

 At least seven people were wounded in different incidents of firing and five of them succumbed to wounds, the latest reports suggest.

Overall two dozen people suffered wounded in the incident including two police officials.

Curfew has been imposed in the area for an indefinite period but the gunshots can still be heard.

The students and office workers are confined in their respective institutes because of the law and order situation in the area.

“The unknown gunmen opened fire on a group of Sunnis while they were appealing to people to shut their shops in response to the strike call,” senior local police official Ali Sher told AFP.

In the February incident, gunmen disguised in military fatigues hauled 18 Shiite Muslim men off buses and shot them dead in cold blood in the northern district of Kohistan, which neighbours the Swat valley, a former Taliban stronghold.

A local intelligence official, who did not want to be identified, confirmed Tuesday’s death toll and also said a hand grenade had been used.

“But we still don’t know who the attackers were,” he said.

“What we can say at the moment is that tensions have been mounting high between Shiite and Sunni population in the area for the last many weeks.”

Gilgit is the capital of Pakistan’s far northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Human rights groups have heavily criticised the Pakistani government for failing to crack down on sectarian violence between the country’s majority Sunni and minority Shiite Muslim communities that has killed thousands.

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