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Gunmen kill police officer guarding Hindu temple in Pakistan

By Sophia Saifi, CNN
updated 11:50 AM EST, Sun January 26, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two assailants in a motorbike shot the policeman
  • Religious minorities make up about 3% of population
  • The attack is reminiscent of a November one

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A police constable guarding a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan was shot dead Sunday, authorities said.

Two assailants in a motorbike shot the policeman who was standing guard outside a temple in Peshawar, said Faisal Mukhtar, the city's police superintendent.

Authorities do not have a motive for the attack.

Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim countries where other religions account for little more than 3% of the population.

The attack is reminiscent of a November attack in Peshawar where a police officer was shot dead while he was guarding a church.

In September, two suicide blasts at another church in the city killed more than 78 people and injured 100.

Military airstrikes in northwestern Pakistan kill dozens

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