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Refugees fleeing an Afghan city recently conquered by the Taliban say that troops with the ultra-orthodox religious army slaughtered thousands of civilians when they took the town last month. The refugees, who are arriving here each day on foot from the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, say Taliban fighters focused exclusively on an ethnic minority known as the Hazaras, picked out by their distinctive Mongolian features.
January 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Eight men were killed and two wounded in an execution-style massacre at a Cape Town massage parlor, police said. Police spokesman Etienne Terblanche said most of the victims were found shot dead, with their hands tied and throats slit, in a house in the seedy Sea Point suburb, which markets itself as a holiday destination for gays. Prostitution is common in Sea Point, though police would say only that the house where the bodies were found was known to be a gay massage parlor.
December 16, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The lone survivor of the four-member Arab commando unit that opened fire in a Rome airport almost two years ago went on trial Tuesday and accused Israeli security agents of being equally responsible for the 16 people killed. "I did not come here to ask forgiveness," 20-year-old Ibrahim Khaled said. "I came here to explain how the massacre happened."
August 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush has signed into law a bill furthering the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, more than 140 years after about 700 militiamen killed more than 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, mostly women, children and elderly men, in a surprise attack near what is now Chivington. Congress later determined that the attack was unprovoked. The law capped efforts begun by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave and Sen.
September 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Luis Echeverria was charged in connection with a 1968 massacre by soldiers and police at a student rally in Mexico City. Echeverria, interior minister at the time, and seven others face charges of genocide and kidnapping. Officials said about 30 people were killed, but witnesses put the toll as high as 300. A judge will rule as early as today on whether to issue arrest orders. In July, a judge found insufficient evidence of genocide when similar charges were filed.
July 17, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
UKRAINE * Builders at a Ukrainian monastery have unearthed about 130 skeletons, prompting officials to speculate that they stumbled on evidence of a massacre by Soviet secret police after World War II. The remains, some of children, were found under the floor in the monastery in western Ukraine that was once used by the Greek Catholic Church, banned by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1946. "These people were buried so secretly that even the locals did not know they were in the monastery.
July 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors grilled an 80-year-old former Mexico City mayor about his alleged involvement in the deaths of more than 30 students in 1971, part of the country's effort to come to terms with violence in its past. At a heavily guarded hospital in the northern city of Monterrey, former Mayor Alfonso Martinez Dominguez sat in a wheelchair as officials read 95 questions. He invoked his right to remain silent.
December 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Bosnian Serb army commander was jailed for 17 years by the war crimes tribunal in The Hague after confessing to his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys. Dragan Obrenovic, one of two ex-commanders to admit his role in Europe's worst massacre since World War II, had pleaded guilty at the U.N. court to one count of crimes against humanity. Five other counts, including extermination and murder, were dismissed.
October 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The known death toll from a massacre in northeastern Congo rose to 65 people, including 40 children, United Nations spokesman Hamadoun Toure said. He said people were attacked in the remote village of Katshelli and other hamlets nearby and that more bodies still might be found. The dead had been either shot or hacked with machetes, U.N. officials said.
May 19, 1988 | Associated Press
The Ayacucho Provincial Council accused soldiers Wednesday of killing at least 80 peasants in a village during the Pope's visit to Peru. The military denied the charge. A statement from the council, the region's top elective body, said that troops killed peasants during corn harvesting in Cayara, 50 miles south of Ayacucho, in retaliation for a leftist guerrilla attack against an army convoy hours earlier.
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