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When Kites Kill

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Reader Thom Burnett points to a new dread menace in Pakistan: killer kites. From Australia's The World Today show:

Every year in India and Pakistan dozens of people are killed by kites, most of them young children. The deaths are caused by special "dog-fighting" kite strings carrying razor-like metal strips and abrasives designed to slice through an opponents string but which can cause severe injury to bystanders and in some cases even decapitation.

In Pakistan alone, five children have died in the last four months and now in Punjab province police have been ordered to treat all such fatalities as murder….

Police in Punjab province have now been instructed to raid shops, which sell the banned deadly strings and make arrests.

Whole thing here.