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ISLAMABAD – Pakistani police say the government has lifted a curfew in the garrison city of Rawalpindi that was imposed after eight Sunni Muslims were killed in a sectarian clash with Shiites marching in a religious procession.
Police officer Mohammad Amir says the curfew in Rawalpindi, which is located next to the capital, Islamabad, was raised Monday morning. But he says army troops will continue to patrol the city for several more days, and there is still a ban on more than four people assembling in one place.
The sectarian clash in which the Sunnis were killed took place on Friday, when Shiites were holding a procession to mark Ashoura, one of the sect's most important religious occasions. The clash also left at least 35 people wounded.