31/10/2006

Prince’s Peshawar trip cancelled

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall are to remain in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad over security concerns.

The couple were scheduled to visit the north western town of Peshawar, but furious Muslim leaders have called for protests across the country following a major security operation in the region by the Pakistani military.

It is reported that helicopter gunships had fired missiles into an Islamic college that had allegedly been used as a training camp by suspected al-Qaeda militants.

The attack has reportedly left 80 people dead in the village of Chingai in Peshawar province.

Charles and Camilla are expected to remain in Pakistan until Friday to undertake the remaining engagements on their schedule.

(SP)

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