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A 12-year-old Pakistani girl was killed by her family after she eloped with a boy, villagers and officials in the northwestern tribal district of Khyber say.

Local official Niaz Muhammad told RFE/RL on June 30 that the girl, named Naghma, left her house in Kadey village on June 23 before being stopped by security officials.

Muhammad said Naghma was handed over to her family, which promised she wouldn’t be harmed.

But the official said the girl was killed -- "probably" on June 27 -- in what he described as an "honor killing" over perceived damage to the family's honor.

A local resident said Naghma was shot dead.

Muhammad said the alleged killers -- one of Naghma’s uncles and his son -- were detained along with two members of the boy’s family.

Hundreds of "honor killings" are reported in Pakistan every year..

Friends and relatives greet those activists released on June 28.

Four activists who were charged with preparing mass disturbances in Belarus have been released from custody by authorities in Minsk, a day after three others facing similar charges were freed.

RFE/RL’s Belarus Service reported that the four activists who were freed on June 28 were Uladzimir Rumiantsau, Tsimur Pashkevich, Ales Yaudakha, and Viktar Danilau.

Three other activists implicated in the case -- Syarhey Stribulsky, Alyaksandr Zimnitsky, and Uladzimer Fyodorov -- were freed on June 27 after reportedly agreeing to travel restrictions.

Authorities from the Belarusian State Security Committee in March detained 26 alleged members of from the groups White Legion and Young Front on suspicion of preparing for mass riots in the country.

Those detentions came after President Alyaksandr Lukashenka announced that he suspected some groups were trying to destabilize the country and carry out a revolution.

Charges against some detainees were dropped later.

Seven detainees in the case remained in custody on June 28.

With reporting by Interfax

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