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.FULL STORY