January 2005 News

70 arrested for Gilgit attacks

20 January 2005
The Daily Times

Gilgit: Police arrested 70 people for suspected involvement in an outbreak of violence in Gilgit and Skardu in which 17 people died, officials said on Thursday.'We have arrested 70 people so far during day and night raids for their suspected involvement in the riots in Gilgit and the destruction in Skardu,' local police chief Sakiullah Tareen told AFP by phone. More raids were planned and police were close to catching all the culprits, he added. Security was in place for Eidul Azha, he said.Gilgit has been under a shoot-on-sight curfew since the violence, which authorities relaxed from 24-hour to six-hour on Tuesday.Local authorities were helping 16 Afghan engineers stranded in the area for the last 13 days to leave as soon as possible. They were booked on a Pakistani International Airlines flight on Friday.

 

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