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* Alamma Ali Sher Haideri, the leader of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) in Pakistan, has been shot dead during an attack in the country’s south Khairpur district, on Monday 08/17/2009 (see also – Banned in U.K).

Alamma Ali Sher Haideri, the successor of Maulana Azam Tariq, was killed along with one of his associates in a shooting at Pir Jo Goth village in Pakistan’s Sindh province, police and Pakistani media said.

Pir Muhammed Shah, a senior Pakistani police official, said the attacker was also killed when Haideri’s guards returned fire. Several others of Haideri’s men were also wounded in the incident.

Police were deployed across the district and the situation was tense in the area following the killings.

Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, is a Sunni group blamed for a string of sectarian attacks across Pakistan against minority Shiaas. The group was also implicated in recent attacks on Christians in the city of Gorja, in which at least eight people died (see – Gojra 08.01.09). Following the legal ban Sipah-e-Sahaba, in 02/2002, the organization changed his name to Milet-e-Islami.Milet-e-Islami was implicated with the killing of 6 Christians on 08/01/2009.

Shah said he suspected a personal grudge as the motive in the killing of Alamma Ali Sher Haideri and said that the attacker had been identified.

Shiaas account for about 20 per cent of Pakistan’s mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million. More than 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence since the late 1980s (see -PK Secterian-Violence).

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