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Airstrike victims were all militants: Musharraf

However, angry local tribesmen said that victims of the airstrike, which killed 80 people, were innocent students.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 16:57 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday that 80 people killed in a raid on a religious school or madrassa near the Afghan border were all militants undergoing training.

The comments were Musharraf's first since Monday's airstrike in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Angry local tribesmen say the dead were innocent students.

"They were militants doing military training. We were watching them for the last six or seven days -- we knew exactly who they are, what they are doing," Musharraf told a security conference in Islamabad.

First Published: Oct 31, 2006 16:40 IST