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“They have to change their tone,” said Magnus Takvam, a political commentator for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK. “They have to reconsider their vocabulary.”


Troops deployed after 34 killed in city

KARACHI — Authorities called in paramilitary soldiers and police to quell political and criminal violence in Pakistan’s largest city Tuesday after 34 people were killed here in less than two days, officials said.

Violence in Karachi, a sprawling port city of 18 million, has added to the political instability in the nuclear-armed, U.S.-allied nation and provided another distraction for the government as it fights a Taliban-led insurgent movement.

It also undercuts Pakistan’s struggling economy because Karachi serves as the country’s main commercial hub.

Police have found bodies scattered across different parts of the city since Monday morning, some riddled with bullets and others that showed signs of torture and were tied up in gunny sacks, said Sharufuddin Memon, the security adviser to the chief minister of Sindh province.


Radical Muslim sect bombs checkpoint in northeast

MAIDUGURI — Suspected members of a radical Muslim sect bombed another checkpoint Tuesday, authorities said, as Nigeria’s government launched a high-powered team that will seek a nonmilitary solution to the violence that has rocked the country’s northeast.

Assailants from the Boko Haram sect set off a bomb at about 7 a.m. in the city of Maiduguri, but there were no casualties, a Joint Military Task Force spokesman said.

The task force, which includes police officers, soldiers and other security officers, was deployed in Maiduguri and surrounding areas about six weeks ago to put a stop to Boko Haram’s near-daily drive-by killings and bomb attacks. Some groups, however, have asked for their withdrawal after soldiers were accused of shooting and killing civilians caught in the fight against the Islamist sect.

From wire dispatches and staff reports