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Afghan and Soviet forces routinely tortured and killed civilian refugees trying to flee to Pakistan from the war in Afghanistan, a human rights group charged. London-based Amnesty International, citing what it said appeared to be “a policy of deliberate killings” of refugees, noted one instance in which 100 families were attacked twice on their 300-mile trek out of the country. It said 24 refugees, including seven children under the age of six, were killed.


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