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Several teachers killed in Pakistan school shooting

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Another teacher from the same school was earlier shot dead on the street in a separate attack in Kurram.

Gunmen stormed a school in northwest Pakistan, killing several teachers and shooting another teacher dead in a separate attack, officials said.

In Karam, a district in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, a group of armed men on Thursday stormed a government school where students were taking exams. The seven dead teachers belonged to Pakistan’s minority Shia community, which is often targeted by militants.

Another teacher from the same school, a Sunni Muslim, was shot dead on the street earlier in the day in a separate attack in Karam, according to local police official Abbas Ali.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, and Ali said it was unclear if they were related.

“We are looking into all aspects, and we still don’t know who killed the teachers,” he said. The Prime Minister condemned the attacks on the teachers and ordered an inquiry into the killings.

Al Jazeera’s Kamal Haider, reporting from Islamabad, said the “terrible incident” took place in an area that has seen sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni tribes in the past.

“Most of the teachers who were killed belonged to the Turi Shia tribe,” Hyder said.
The tribal district contains a majority Shia population who are often attacked by armed groups as part of the local Taliban movement.

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