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Pakistan Security Forces Clash With Waziristan IDPs


A displaced North Waziristan resident who fainted while queuing up to receive food supplies at a distribution point in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least two people were killed and nine injured during clashes between security forces and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bannu town in northwestern Pakistan.

The violence broke out late on June 21 in the Bakakhel IDP camp, which hosts about 20,000 IDPS from North Waziristan, where security forces launched a military operation against the Taliban in June 2014.

A witness told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that IDPs were enraged by reports that security guards had tortured an IDP trying to enter the camp.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse chanting protesters.

It is not clear how the two people were killed, and security forces are preventing journalists from entering the area.

The North Waziristan operation has displaced more than 1 million people, with most living in the Bannu area or around Peshawar.

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