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Gunmen Kill 13, Kidnap Dozens in Pakistan

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Pakistani officials say gunmen have opened fire on vehicles carrying Shi'ite Muslims in the country's restive northwest, killing 13 people.

Police are blaming Taliban-linked militants.

Authorities say dozens of others were kidnapped during Friday's attack in the Bagan area of the Kurram tribal region, near the Afghan border.

Officials say the vehicles were traveling on the main road that connects Kurram's main town, Parachinar, with Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, when they were ambushed.

The road was reopened to traffic in January following a peace deal between feuding majority Sunni and minority Shi'ite tribes to end recent clashes. The convoy was reportedly carrying members of the Shi'ite Toori tribe.

Elsewhere in the northwest Friday, officials say a roadside bomb struck a security patrol in the Lower Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing two police and injuring at least two others.

Article by VOA News