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Pakistani Villagers Protest Brutal Killings

Khyber Villagers Say 14 Civilians Killed In Army Raidsi
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January 16, 2013
(WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Residents of Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region say that Pakistani forces raided homes in their village overnight and killed 14 people, including women and children. Relatives have brought the bodies with them to Peshawar, the provincial capital, where they are protesting to demand justice. (Produced by Khalid Khan, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
(WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Khyber Villagers Say 14 Civilians Killed In Army Raids
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
PESHAWAR -- Hundreds of villagers in Pakistan's northwest Khyber tribal district are staging a protest against the deaths of at least 14 local residents allegedly killed by security forces.

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports that villagers laid the bullet-riddled bodies of their relatives in front of the governor's house in Peshawar on January 16.

The protesters said men in uniforms raided their homes in the Sipah Alam Goodar area overnight and shot the villagers dead.

Speaking under condition of anonymity, an official from the Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary organization, denied government forces had anything to do with the killings.

The official blamed the deaths on militants.

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