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Tue Jan 27 05:25:29 SAST 2015

Enraged Pakistanis march to US Embassy in Pretoria

Sapa | 20 December, 2011 16:38
A man waves the Pakistan national flag. File photo.
Image by: MOHSIN RAZA / REUTERS

Pakistani nationals based in South Africa marched to the United States embassy in Arcadia, Pretoria to protest against the recent US-led air strikes on northwest Pakistan, police said on Tuesday.

The Nato airstrikes reportedly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and destroyed two Pakistani border checkpoints in November.

"Approximately 200 people belonging to the Pakistani community of South Africa took part in the protest to highlight the recent air attack," national police spokesman Captain Dennis Adriao said.

The protest was peaceful and a memorandum of grievances was handed to US embassy representatives. After handing over the document the protesters dispersed peacefully.

The November 26 attacks sparked a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the US. Top US military staff were quoted as saying the attacks were not deliberate and an inquiry had been launched.

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