Gunmen kill 13 in ambush of Pakistan Shiites

Thirteen people were killed when gunmen opened fire on Friday on two vehicles in Pakistan's lawless tribal region in suspected sectarian violence, officials said.

Another 11 people were wounded when the vehicles were ambushed in Bagan, in Kurram district near the Afghan border.

Khalid Umarzai, a senior administrative official, confirmed the incident and said the attackers also kidnapped as many as 35 people travelling in three coaches before fleeing.

"At least 13 people were killed and 11 others were wounded in the firing incident today morning," Umarzai told AFP. "Up to 35 others were kidnapped."

Local administration official Fazal Hussain told AFP the victims were heading in a three-vehicle caravan from the northwestern city of Parachinar to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

"The attackers came in two vehicles. They opened fire and fled," he said, adding that the dead included a woman and a child.

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