Seven people have died in sectarian clashes during the Shia religious commemoration of Ashoura.

The Pakistani government has imposed a rare curfew in the garrison city of Rawalpindi next to the capital after sectarian clashes during a Shia religious commemoration killed seven Sunni Muslims.

Shoaib Bin Aziz, an official with the government of Punjab province where Rawalpindi is located, said on Saturday that residents were ordered to stay in their homes until further notice.

Soldiers and police were patrolling the streets to enforce the curfew.

The seven Sunnis were killed on Friday in a clash with Shias who were holding a procession to mark Ashoura, one of the sect’s most important religious occasions.

Police officer Mohammad Wasim said 35 other people were wounded.

Fire department official Mohammad Mazhar said two Shiite mosques were set on fire overnight.