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Russians Evacuated in Pakistan

October 5, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia’s is sending two planes to Pakistan to bring home citizens because of concerns for their safety, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said Friday.

About 130 people, the relatives of diplomats and other Russians living in Pakistan, will be evacuated Saturday from Islamabad and Karachi.

The official said Moscow was concerned for the safety of its citizens because of growing tensions in the region over expected U.S. assaults on terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and his training camps in neighboring Afghanistan.

The United States contends bin Laden was behind the terror attacks on New York and Washington Sept. 11.

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