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Khyber Villagers Say 14 Civilians Killed In Army Raids
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(WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Khyber Villagers Say 14 Civilians Killed In Army Raids

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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    RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal

    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.