August 16th, 2012
11:39 AM ET

Gunmen execute 20 Shiites in Pakistan

Gunmen ambushed a passenger van convoy Thursday in northwest Pakistan and executed 20 Shiite Muslims in an apparent sectarian attack, a police official told CNN.

"The gunmen forced the victims to step out of the vans, checked their identity cards, then shot them dead," said the police official, Sher Akbar.

The attack took place in the district of Mensehra, about 100 miles north of the capital, Islamabad.

The vans were traveling from Rawalpindi to Gilgit, a popular tourist city in the mountainous region of northern Pakistan with a large Shiite population.

In recent years, the northern regions of Pakistan have seen very little sectarian violence but this year, attacks targeting Shiites have increased.

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  1. Sheikha Bhuvana Bint Geeta

    This was a long time in the making. Minorities feel they are unsafe and without opportunities in India and they want out and now. Implosion of India is imminent aka USSR and CIA has been planning this all the way.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. krm1007 ©™

    Karima There are also unconfirmed reports of seveal senior army officers defecting to the neighboring Afghanistan carrying boxes of US dollars. ISI chief is believed to be hiding with Ayman al Zawahiri, the #1 Al Qaeda man, at undisclosed location. Al Qaeda fighters are gearing up to take over Pakistan. Karima it's getting extremly dangerous to report from Kutta Pakistan. Back to you sweet pie.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sheikha Bhuvana Bint Geeta

    The parliament building in New Delhi, India is on fire. Mostly gutted. Curfew in place in New delhi is what i hear. twitter is buzzing. facebook is hopping with news on India. The Indian Spring is here, people, just a little bit late.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sheikha Bhuvana Bint Geeta

    PEOPLE, INDIA IS IN A VIRTUAL STATE OF CIVIL WAR....AS WE SPEAK. PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

    August 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Talpar Reddy_Ludhiana_India

    My city Ludhiana has no water...no electricity. Curfew. Army is patrolling street. Army has taken over India's government. Fighting going on streets. Bangla Deshi muslims are burning buses. Hindus are killing minorities. Can you please send help, America?

    August 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pakistani Abdullo

      Talpar Brother

      Here we in Karachi are in the same boat. Our city has have no water, electricity since the fight broke out last week. Army has defeacted and Taliban fighters are patrolling our streets. Afghan Army has taken over Baluch tribal areas. Fighting going on streets and city is burning. Sunni muslims are burning buses and are killing shia and minorities. Can you please send help?

      August 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pakistani Abdullo

      are you calling me a liar?

      August 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    The 2:26 pm post is not mine.

    August 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. krm1007 ©™

    Karima this is Karim reporting live from Kutta Pakistan; just few minute ago we heard a large boom, probably Indian, American fighter planes bombing al Qaeda bases just outside our town. Chaotic scenes are everywhere. Sunnis are seizing opportunities and killing Shia minorities. We just heard an attack took place in the district of Mensehra, about 100 miles north of the capital, Islamabad Sunni gunman killed 20 Shia unarmed students. Things are spinning out of control. Americans and Indians have asked for help. Reporting live from Kutta Pakistan. Back to you Karima.

    August 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    people, we hindus are screwed......mumbai has been taken over by talibans and Ajmal Kasab is new commissioner. Advani is cleaning streets, manmohan singh the public toilets, katrina kaif is the new homecoming queen for taliban annual ball in mumbai at taj hotel.

    August 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. krm1007 ©™

    Karima chaos is reported in all major Pakistani cities. CNN reports Veena Malik and Heena Rabani are flying out of New York this evening on official visit to India to negotiate ceasefire with the Indian administration. Pakistani Generals are secretly holding video conference with Musharraf and British authorities as per the last unconfirmed report seeking asylum. Things are moving fast, there are also rumors that Pakistan would hand over Azad Kashmir to India to avoid all out war, especially, Pakistani army has defecated to neighboring countries Afghanistan and Iran. Back to you Karima!

    August 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Medieval India

    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF INDIAN IMPLOSION

    Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Zainab_Uttar Pradesh_India

    We are waking up now in India as morning has come. Bangla Deshi Muslims are occupying our neighborhood. The Chinese have taken over country. They are distributing bengali rasgullas for breakfast and beef lo mein for lunch. Yummmy yummy yummy.....we never had such food when hindus were ruling India. We used to starve before now we have food....BEEF. i wanna steaks for dinner !!!!!! brahmins are gone.....kaputttt !!!!

    August 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Zainab_Uttar Pradesh_India

    Talibans have put up Pakistani Flag on Taj Mahal.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pakistani Abdullo

      Taj Mahal was built by Taliban so what's a freaking big deal?

      August 18, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. USAFrank

    People of the United States of America and the World,
    Yep, Pakistan is just the vacation spot I would pick if I wanted a lot of action ala the Expendables 2.
    The body count is almost as high as Chicago and Detroit on a hot Saturday Night, it continues to prove what a religion of peace Islam is.
    Also, it seems the Pakistani government had a little trouble with Al Qaeda trying to raid one of their Nuclear Weapons stockpile locations.
    The CIA estimates Pakistan has 100 to 110 Nuclear Weapons with missile and aircraft launch capability.
    The battle apparently went on for 2 hours and the Pakistan Military beat Al Qaeda back.
    Round and Round and Round we go, where the worlds headed is a Big Radioactive Mushroom Cloud!USA,USA,USA.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Qoomi

    Guys ......As we wake up in India Lucknow and Goa are now facing riots by minorities. Assam, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ludhiana, Shimla, Amritsar, Rajasthan were previously burning. Apparently, army has taken over govt. Everything is hush hush so far. CNN is very quiet and will have to publish news soon otherwise will lose credibility.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • krm1007 ©™

      Qoomi my friend you are confusing the story. Last night our brave Sunni gunman killed 20 useless Shia. Say something about why these Iran loving Shia deserved to die.

      August 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Qoomi

    The suspension of Fareed Zakaria is a conspiracy. CNN did not want Fareed to be reporting on breakup of India. US Govt is in the know also.

    August 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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