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PAKISTANI GUNMEN KILL 14 IN KARACHI RAMPAGE

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Rampaging gunmen shot 14 people to death Thursday in this violence-torn port, including a soldier, a judge and five relatives of the provincial police chief.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday's violence, which also left several people hospitalized with serious wounds. Police said the shooting may have been in retaliation for a shooting Wednesday in a Sunni Muslim mosque that left nine people dead. Sunni leaders blamed Shiite Muslims for the violence.Hundreds of people have died in Karachi this year in what has become a daily ritual of slayings by ethnic, political and religious rivals. Rooftop snipers routinely fire into crowded neighborhoods in the sprawling city of 9 million people.

Thursday's violence began when gunmen on motorcycles ambushed paramilitary soldiers on an early morning patrol, killing one and injuring several others, police said.

Judge Arshad Mogul was shot and killed as he drove home from the courthouse in central Karachi.