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Pakistani police probe alleged honor killing of teen couple

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistani police said they suspect two teenagers were electrocuted to death by their own families last month when they tried to elope, in what may be the latest in a series
of so-called honor killings in the conservative Muslim country.

Police officer Rao Anwar said Wednesday that authorities have exhumed the bodies of the 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old lover and are conducting tests to determine the cause of death.

Another police officer, Amanullah Marwat, said the couple’s fathers and uncles electrocuted them after a tribal council in the southern port city of Karachi ruled that they should be killed for besmirching their families’ honor.

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