Sectarian violence leaves 14 dead in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Police say 14 people have been killed in northern Pakistan in attacks linked to tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims there.

Police officer Bisharat Ali says Tuesday's violence began when five people were killed in Gilgit town in clashes between police and Sunni Muslims protesting alleged attacks by Shiites.

He says suspected Sunni gunmen later stopped six buses near the town and killed nine Shiites on board.

Ali says a curfew has been imposed in the town and surrounding areas to restore order.
Sunni-Shiite violence has long been common in Pakistan, with minority Shiites bearing the brunt.

In February, gunmen killed 16 Shiite bus passengers in Gilgit, a remote and mountainous district, which in recent years has been largely peaceful.