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Sectarian Violence in NWFP - 2007





January 4

In a suspected sectarian incident, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia leader, Syed Ali Imam Jaffari, in the Kotwali police precincts of Peshawar in the NWFP. He was the President of the local unit of the Shia outfit Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafria (TNFJ) and caretaker of Imam Bargah Ali Imam in Kotwali.


January 30

Two people died in a town in NWFP where a pre-dawn rocket attack on a Shiite Muslim procession sparked a burst of sectarian violence. Army personnel were sent into Hangu, 100 kilometres south of Peshawar, capital of NWFP, to restore order after the rocket landed near police protecting the procession to mark the holy festival of Muharram. The two fatalities were from the Sunni community, said Mayor Ghani ur-Rahman. However, it was not immediately clear if the men were killed by the rocket or during the brief clashes between Sunnis and Shiites that followed. Nineteen people were reported injured.


January 31

Two people were killed in a shooting incident at an unauthorized procession of Muharram in the under-curfew town of Hangu in the NWFP, adding to two deaths in a mortar attack on a Shia procession the day before. A curfew was imposed in Hangu on January 30 after a mortar was fired at a Shia procession and shooting broke out. The two people killed on January 30 were reportedly Afghan refugees who were not taking part in the procession. Defying the curfew, Shias staged a procession on January 31, which was attacked by two gunmen, an official said. Allama Khurshid Anwar told that two people were killed and an equal number injured in the attack near Shahu Chowk.


February 14

In a suspected sectarian incident, two unidentified gunmen killed Shia leader Jawad Hussain in the Dera Ismail Khan city of North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Hussain was a local leader of the Shia group Tehrik Nifaz Fiqa-i-Jafria (TNFJ).


March 10

Unidentified assailants shot dead a retired Shia soldier in Dera Ismail Khan of NWFP and a government employee from the community in the same region on March 10. Local police officer Aslam Khattak said, "The murders appear to be sectarian terrorism".


March 13

Gunmen shot dead two persons, a Shia and a Sunni, in the Dera Ismail Khan Town of NWFP, raising the toll from sectarian violence in the town in the last week to seven, Police said. Police said that Niaz Ahmed, a teacher from the minority Shia community, was shot dead by unknown assailants on a motorcycle when he was going to school in Dera Ismail Khan.


April 25

Unidentified militants shot dead three people in a targeted sectarian attack in the Dera Ismail Khan district. The assailants fired from a Kalashnikov rifle on a vehicle in which two brothers from a prominent Shia family, Najaf Ali Shah and Syed Ali Shah, and their Sunni employee were travelling. An unnamed official of the NWFP government is reported to have blamed the attack on the banned Sunni group SSP and urged Shias to remain peaceful.


April 26

Following the killing of two more persons in sectarian violence, the administration imposed a curfew in the Dera Ismail Khan district. Police said two motorcycle borne unidentified gunmen opened fire on two people sitting outside a shop, killing them on the spot in the cantonment area.


May 5

Two unidentified gunmen killed a Shia man, identified as Imdad Hussain, at Dera Ismail Khan in the NWFP, after a weeklong curfew was lifted.


June 4

A senior Government official, Syed Mehdi Hussain, was shot dead in Peshawar. Police suspect it to be a sectarian attack.


June 7

Police at Dera Ismail Khan arrested Rauf Baloch, a leader of the banned Sunni outfit SSP, who was wanted in various cases of sectarian terrorism and murder.


August 12

The provincial secretary-general of the banned SSP, Aslam Farooqui, was shot dead in Peshawar, capital of the NWFP. Farooqui was killed by two motorcycle-borne assailants near his home in the Shah Naqash Bandi locality when he was returning from a market. Alam Zeb, brother of the deceased leader, caught hold of one the attackers and handed him over to police. A police official said one Shoaib Hussain of Parachinar, who belonged to a paramilitary force, had been arrested. Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohammad Tahir Khan, told that they were investigating whether the murder was a sectarian killing or the result of some other motive.


August 24

In a suspected sectarian incident, unidentified assailants shot dead an activist of the banned SSP in the Dera Ismail Khan city. 22-year old Kaleen Ullah was shot dead in the Tareenabad Colony in Cantonment Police Stationís jurisdiction.


November 19

In what appears to be a revenge action for sectarian killings at Parachinar in the FATA, the Taliban beheaded three truck drivers near Darra Adamkhel in the NWFP.






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