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Pakistani Shi'ites, Sunnis Reach Cease-Fire


Rival Muslim groups in northwestern Pakistan have ended an armed standoff after two days of violence that killed 38 people and injured dozens more.

The police chief in Hangu said Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims reached a cease-fire agreement in talks Saturday.

The fighting began Thursday after a suicide bomber killed 23 Shi'ites observing the Ashura holy day.

After the bombing, Shi'ites retaliated by burning cars and shops. Army reinforcements were called in to restore order, but battles between the two groups continued.

Ashura marks the death in the seventh century of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson which led to the original schism between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

The majority of Pakistan's Muslims are Sunnis.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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