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A total of seven workers, including at least five teachers, died this Thursday in a shooting at a school in the city of Parachinar, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (northwestern Pakistan), in an attack allegedly linked to sectarian tensions between Sunnis. and chies.


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The incident occurred in the Kurram tribal district, near the Afghan border, and the motive for the killings is still not entirely clear. The local police investigate the incident.

However, the head of that force in Kurram, Muhammad Imran, assured: "When the two assailants entered (in the school), they identified the Shiites and isolated them before opening fire."

Imran also explained that the attack would have been the result of the death of a Sunni teacher early this Thursday and that the local authorities began talks with both communities to restore peace.

Through the social network Twitter, the president of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, expressed his pain and regret for the murder of the teachers in both events. "The attack on teachers by enemies of knowledge is condemnable," he asserted.

The Shia Muslim minority makes up about 20 percent of Pakistan's 200 million people. The tribal district where the shooting took place has a majority Shiite population, which is often targeted by Sunni militant groups, which are part of the local Taliban movement.

In December 2014, a total of 148 people, including students and teachers, were killed in an armed and bomb attack on a school in the city of Peshawar, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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