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Two Killed In Clashes At Pakistani Airport Protest

Protesting Pakistan Airline Employees Killed In Karachii
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February 02, 2016
At least two workers of Pakistan International Airlines were killed and several others wounded after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesting employees of the national carrier at Karachi airport. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
WATCH: Protesting Pakistan Airline Employees Killed In Karachi
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees were killed and several others wounded at Karachi's international airport on February 2 when clashes broke out between security forces and PIA employees protesting privatization plans.

Sources at local hospitals confirmed the deaths, adding that 13 people, including a journalist, were wounded.

Security forces and police used tear gas and water cannons against the protesting PIA workers, who marched towards the main entrance of Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

Gunfire was also heard, but police and security officials deny they shot at protesters.

The PIA employees' union had announced one day earlier that its plans to shut down the airline's flights after weeks of strikes against government proposals to complete the partial sale of the carrier by July.

With reporting by dawn.com and AP
 

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