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Displaced People, Police Injured In Clash In Pakistan


Pakistani Police Use Live Ammunition On IDPs
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WATCH: Pakistani police fired live ammunition at internally displaced Pakistanis after rioting broke out in the northern city of Bannu on November 13. It's not clear how the trouble started, but it flared up as IDPs gathered to receive a weekly food ration. Around a million people have been displaced from their homes in the North Waziristan tribal district by a military offensive against Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Hospital officials and eyewitnesses say at least four displaced people and nine police officers have been injured in a clash during which police opened fire as a crowd jostled for rations at a camp in northern Pakistan.

The violence erupted on November 13 in the Bannu district, at a government camp for some of the estimated 150,000 people who have fled their homes following the launch of a military operation targeting militants in North Waziristan in June.

Scuffles broke out, with police firing shots and people in the crowd throwing stones and other objects.

The Pakistani army says it has killed hundreds of militants, clearing the fighters from more than 80 percent of North Waziristan.

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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.

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