Pakistani villagers claim many civilians slain

April 13, 2010 12:12

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Survivors and a government official said on Tuesday that up to 71 civilians were killed in a weekend air raid by Pakistani jets close to the Afghan border.

The army denied any civilians were killed, saying terrorists were gathering in the village.

Two survivors interviewed Tuesday said the victims of the attack in the Khyber tribal area were all villagers.

The political official says thousands of dollars have already been handed out in compensation to families of the dead.

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