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Saturday 29 December 2012

Christian street cleaner shot dead in Gilgit

View from Gilgit - image from Wikipedia

According to the Express Tribune Newspaper, early this morning, a Christian street cleaner going about his duties was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a 'drive-by' shooting in Gilgit, a remote town in the very north-eastern mountainous region of Pakistan.

Karamat Masih died on the spot.  His brother Liaquat was working with him, and was wounded, and is said to be 'stable' in hospital.

Although there has been quite a lot of 'sectarian violence' in Gilgit in the past year, this is the first time this year that a Christian has died.  However, local authorities are claiming (it is unclear how they know so soon when the gunmen are unidentified) that this was a personal feud where the gunmen missed the targets and hit the Christians 'by mistake'.

Whether that is the case or not, the fact that the killing happened very early in the morning illustrates one point - that Christian road sweepers typically try and get their work done extremely early in the morning to avoid the abuse they get later in the day.


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