Gunmen kill Shia scholar in Peshawar

Gunmen kill Shia scholar in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Gunmen killed a Shia scholar in the city on Monday, police and hospital officials said. Allama Alim Al-Musvi was shot while walking to the mosque in the historic Kissa Khwani market of Peshawar, police said. “Two gunmen opened fire on the scholar and escaped in the narrow streets when he came out of his house and walked towards the mosque,” local police official Fazal Jan told AFP. Al-Musvi was a locally respected scholar and used to deliver sermons at special Shia gatherings, he added. A government hospital spokesman, Jamil Khan, confirmed the death. There has been a rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan after several deadly clashes between Sunni and Shia groups near the capital Islamabad in November. On November 19 gunmen killed a senior Shia university director along with his driver in Lahore, while another Shia leader and his guard were killed in Karachi in early December. 

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