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One Killed In Anti-U-S Protest In Pakistan - 2001-10-14


A clash between Pakistani police and anti-American demonstrators near an airbase in the southern city of Jacobabad has left one person dead and at least 12 others injured.

Police fired tear gas and bullets into the air as protesters tried to march on the airport to protest the presence of U-S troops there. At least one of those injured was a police officer.

Pakistan has pledged non-combat logistical support for the U-S campaign to flush Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan. Pakistan's government says it will not tolerate violent protests. Reports say several hundred protesters were detained.

The demonstration was called by radical Islamic groups, which support the Taleban government in Afghanistan and its refusal to meet U-S demands for the unconditional hand-over of alleged terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

Sunday's demonstration came on the eve of a scheduled visit by U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell. Mr. Powell's stop in Islamabad is aimed at shoring up support for the U-S campaign against terrorists.

The secretary is scheduled to meet with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf before continuing to New Delhi to meet with Indian leaders.

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