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Anti-U.S. demonstrations kill 3 in Pakistan

Demonstrators chant anti-U.S. slogans in Peshawar, Pakistan,  on Tuesday.
Demonstrators chant anti-U.S. slogans in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday.  


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan placed three Muslim clerics under house arrest Tuesday to prevent more anti-American demonstrations during the Afghan bombing campaign, but new protests left three people dead.

The three clerics included Maulana Fazal-ur Rehman, leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party. Rehman had already been under house arrest twice in the past two days after leading and planning demonstrations.

Samiul Haq, pro-Taliban leader of the Afghan Defense Council, and Azam Tariq, chief of the Sipah-e-Sahaba party, also have been held. All three have been placed under house arrest for three months.

Three people, including a 12-year-old boy, were shot dead in the town of Kuchlak, near Quetta, during a violent demonstration there. About 1,000 people attended the protest.

A police station was set on fire, a police official was attacked and a post office was looted during the demonstration. Police said they made 75 arrests, but denied accusations from demonstrators that they fired on the crowd.

Demonstrators also congregated Tuesday afternoon in Malibak, another town near Quetta, and Taliban officials attended the protest. JUI supporters were at both demonstrations.

Protests were held in the outskirts of Quetta because authorities would not allow the demonstrators to congregate in the city center. Other demonstrations were reported in Lahore and Peshawar.



 
 
 
 



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