Curfew imposed in Bhakkar after sectarian violence

Curfew was imposed in the Punjab town Bhakkar on Saturday following a clash that left 11 people dead a day before.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sun 25 Aug 2013, 8:14 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:15 PM

The administration sought help of paramilitary Rangers to bring the situation under control. Curfew was imposed by Rangers as they patrolled the area.

The clash occurred between members of two banned organisations in Kotla Jam area of district Bhakkar. Nine of the people killed reportedly belonged to one group while two belonged to the other.

On Friday, rival members confronted each other before an intermittent exchange of fire ensued. The firing killed three people on the spot, while two more died as they were being shifted to the hospital.

Another died while under treatment at the hospital.

As firing continued well into the evening, bullets claimed the lives of five more.

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