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106 Afghan students detained in Pakistan madrassa raid

The Pakistani police raided a madrassa in the restive southwestern city of Quetta and detained 106 illegal Afghan students, officials said on Monday. The move comes as the government has stepped up its campaign to rein in rogue religious schools.

The detentions were made on Saturday, and the students, aged between 14 and 18 years – who had no documents supporting their stay in the country – will be deported to Afghanistan, said senior police official Nadeem Hussain. “We have sealed the madrassa as it did not have registration documents,” he said. Akbar Harifal, Home Secretary for Balochistan province, of which Quetta is the capital, confirmed the raid and detentions. 
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