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Thousands of Pakistanis protest against madrassa air strike

Published 03/11/2006

Thousands of Pakistanis have been holding rallies in the north-west of the country today to protest against the missile strike that killed 80 people at a madrassa earlier this week.

A general strike is also taking place in the Bajur tribal region to highlight public anger with the attack.

The Pakistani military says those killed in the attack were pro-Taliban militants with links to al-Qa'ida, but locals say they were innocent students and teachers.

Pakistan has also confirmed that US intelligence was used in the raid, but insists that it fired the missile involved.

Residents, however, say it was launched by US drones.

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