Some 10,000 Shi'ite Muslims mounted a protest Monday in the western Pakistani city of Quetta after a weekend attack that killed 87 of their co-religionists, a police official told Efe.

Among the demonstrators are relatives of the victims who have refused to bury the bodies and have brought them out onto the streets of the Shi'ite neighborhood of Hazara Town, the scene of two similar massacres so far this year.

"At this time, the gatherings ... are completely peaceful and there have not been any violent incidents," a police officer in Quetta said.

The protests are almost identical to those that took place a month ago in Quetta after another similar attack in the same area that took about 90 lives and which, like the Saturday attack, was also the work of the Lashkar-e Jhangvi group.

The similarity of the incidents occurring within the last month has raised the anger of the Shi'ite community in Quetta, where hundreds of thousands of members of that branch of Islam live, most of them Hazaris.

"We will remain gathered until the army takes charge of security in Quetta," a member of one of the main Shi'ite groups, Maylis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimin, told the daily Dawn.

After the massacre last January, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf announced the start of operations to capture the terrorists, although so far no concrete results have been achieved.

Though Sunnis are in the majority, Pakistan still has one of the Muslim world's largest populations of Shi'ites, estimated at nearly 40 million. EFE