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Violence swells ranks of refugees

September 30, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An increase in violence along Pakistan's border has driven about 20,000 people to seek refuge in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations reported, and new military data show that suicide attacks throughout the country killed nearly 1,200 people in the last 15 months.

The world body's refugee agency said 200 families were living in the open air in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials say an additional 500,000 people have been displaced internally, with about 100,000 living in camps.

A total of 88 suicide attacks have killed 1,188 people, the military said. The vast majority, 847, were civilians, it said.

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