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Nine shot in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Gunmen have killed nine people in a Pakistani region bordering Afghanistan in attacks against tribal leaders who support a government campaign against Al-Qaeda linked insurgents. Those killed on Friday include tribal elder Malik Mirza Alam, his two brothers, a son and a nephew. They were shot near the South Waziristan town of Wana, a local administration official told AFP, requesting anonymity. — AFP

9 killed in mudslide

LUCKNOW: A mudslide triggered by a sudden downpour killed nine people and flattened nearly a dozen homes on Friday in Rudraprayag, a northern Indian hill town popular among tourists and Hindu pilgrims, police said. “Boulders and mud fell on 10 houses and killed nine residents on the spot,” said police superintendent Pushkar Singh Sailal. Another 11 people were hospitalised, he said. — AP