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Pakistan deploys army in capital after deadly police clash with supporters of radical cleric

Pakistan deploys army in capital after deadly police clash with supporters of radical cleric

Pakistani anti-riot police and paramilitary forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets Saturday to disperse thousands of supporters of a radical cleric who had blocked a key road into the capital for two weeks.

Five people were killed and more than 200 injured in the clashes, hospital officials said, while demonstrators responded by burning police and emergency vehicles and attacking houses belonging to governing party officials.

After sunset, with police having suspended the operation due to darkness and thousands more demonstrators streaming toward the Faizabad interchange at the southern edge of Islamabad, the Pakistani Interior Ministry authorized the deployment of army...

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