Violent death toll mounts in Pakistan

Oct. 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Domestic unrest and international interventions took a bloody toll in Pakistan Saturday amid targeted executions and international air drone attacks.

At least 11 people were killed in Karachi in so-called target executions among political factions in a 24-hour period, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.

At least two of the victims were described by authorities as youths and they were apparently tortured before they were killed, the report said.

To the northwest, U.S. drone missile attacks killed at least four people in the North Waziristan region that borders Afghanistan, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

The anti-Taliban attack was the second in 24 hours. The first, early Friday, reportedly also killed four people. Among them was suspected Taliban commander Qari Hussain, whom the United States claims was the mastermind behind a series of anti-government bombings throughout Pakistan.

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