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Nov 15, 2013

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ISLAMABAD, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) — Death toll rose to 10 in violence that broke out in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi near capital Islamabad on Friday evening, local media reported.

The violence started around 5:00 p.m. (local time) after a group of miscreants attacked a mosque and a religious school in the Raja Bazar area of the city.

The incident took place when Shiite mourners were taking out mourning processions on their route on the 10th of Muharram, the holy Muslim month.

An eyewitness told local media that several participants in the procession started firing in the air when they reached near the mosque of their opponent group and chanted slogans against them.

Later on, people started firing from rooftops of nearby buildings that triggered armed clashes, a resident said.

At least three people were killed and 16 others injured after both groups exchanged firing and pelted stones at each other.

Later, the angry mob opened fire at cloth market nearby the mosque before torching a couple of dozen shops in the market that killed seven people besides injuring many others.

TV channels showed footage of thick smoke coming out of the market.

Rescue teams and fire fighters rushed to the site but angry mob did not allow them to put out the fire.

Rescue workers said that at least 10 dead bodies and 80 injured were shifted from the area to the hospital.

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