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July 2nd, 2003, 11:32 PM #1
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Pakistanis crack down on killer kites
LAHORE, Pakistan, June 27 (UPI) -- An old custom of flying "battle" kites in Pakistan is coming under increasing pressure after 14 children died in kite-related incidents.
City officials in Lahore have banned the popular pastime after the children had their throats slashed by the metal wire, fishing line or glass-coated string used for kite-fighting.
The rooftops of the crowded city are the scene of fierce battles between colorful paper kites in which each flyer tries to cut the string of their rivals.
Hapless motorcyclists or pedestrians are injured when a severed kite line, coated with caustic chemicals or ground glass, falls unnoticed across their path. The New Zealand Herald reports that four people were strangled last week.
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