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Rockets Fired in Hangu, 9 People Killed

By Ernest Dempsey     Dec 17, 2010 in Crime
Hangu - Rockets fired on Hangu's Shia's neighborhoods killed nine people on Ashora day, this morning. The dead include a woman and two children.
Despite tight security measures on Ashora (10th of Moharram) today in Hangu city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 200 km from the federal capital Islamabad, attacks were made on the Shia community by means of rockets fired in the morning. The attacks killed at least nine people, according to local sources.
The rockets were fired early in the morning before the Ashora procession. Local sources say that four rockets were fired and they fell on houses in residential areas of Shia community. Neighborhoods that were hit by the rockets include Malik Abad and Kwurmawalu Kalay (Shahu Road). The rockets are said to have been fired from the hills falling in Orakzai Agency area surrounding the town on its northern extremity.
"Among the nine civilians killed, there is a woman two children," said local journalist Abdul Munaim Khan.
Details about the Ashora procession, led by the Shia community on Ashora, were not available immediately but it is thought the procession was rushed out into the open and then hurried back to sheltered places.
As of now, the town is under a curfew, not officially announced. Cellphone communication still remains blocked while PTCL/landlines are working. No sectarian clashes have so far erupted and people are worriedly praying for peace to prevail.
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