GILGIT: At least 10 more people were killed in Chilas in a reaction to a hand grenade attack in Gilgit on Tuesday, said sources.
Unidentified men opened fire on passenger buses injuring several other people.
Earlier, at least five people were killed and around 50 injured after unidentified persons threw a hand grenade on a protest rally near Gari Bagh in Gilgit.
The city was already observing a strike and later a curfew was imposed after it virtually turned into a battleground between rival sects. Firing was reported despite the imposition of a curfew.
The rally was called by Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) for release of one of its leader who was detained earlier.
According to sources, two motor cyclists lobbed the grenade and fled, leaving dozens injured. Local volunteers amid firing shifted the injured to hospitals where hundreds of people turned up to donate blood.
Despite the announcement of a curfew, rival sects continued firing at each other, while the government warned residents to stay inside their houses or they would be shot dead.
According to sources, several people are stranded at various locations due to the curfew and constant firing.
The situation is said to be highly precarious due to indiscriminate firing.
In a separate incident, assailants killed a man while he was in the lawn of his house in Majini Muhalla.
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