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Ethnic violence claims 17 lives in southern Pakistan

Other News Materials 6 July 2011 11:35
At least 17 people have been killed in the latest wave of clashes between rival ethnic groups in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, rescue workers said Wednesday.
Ethnic violence claims 17 lives in southern Pakistan

At least 17 people have been killed in the latest wave of clashes between rival ethnic groups in Pakistan's largest city of Karachi, rescue workers said Wednesday, DPA reported.

The violence erupted in the capital of Sindh province Tuesday between the Urdu-speaking majority and minority Pashtu-speaking people.

Faraz Ali, a spokesman for a private rescue service, said 17 bodies and 37 injured victims had been taken to medical facilities during last 24 hours.

The Urdu-speaking Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Pashtu Awami National Party blamed each other for the violence. The former claimed that most of the victims have been its supporters.

Dozens of people on both sides have died in recent months as the two groups struggle for influence. In June, 15 people died in clashes that started after the killing of an Urdu activist.

Karachi, with a population of over 18 million, is the financial hub and chief port of Pakistan.

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