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Gunmen kill 4 in northwest Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The attack is believed to be in retaliation for an ambush a day earlier, an official says
  • The four people killed in the attack were Sunni Muslims, the official says
  • The attack comes during Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan
RELATED TOPICS
  • Eid al-Fitr
  • Pakistan
  • Shootings

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Gunmen opened fire Friday on a passenger vehicle in northwest Pakistan, killing four people, a government official said.

The occupants, all Sunni Muslims, were traveling to Kurram district when the incident occurred, said Naseem Khan, a government official.

The attack is believed to be in retaliation for an ambush a day earlier on a minivan carrying Shiite Muslims, Khan said.

Violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims is common in this particular part of Pakistan, and the attacks come during the Eid al-Fitr celebration that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

From CNN's Shaan Khan.