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Tass denies Monitor story on massacre of Afghans

the Soviet news agency Tass has denied a report by The Christian Science Monitor that Soviet-led Afghan soldiers massacred an estimated 1,170 unarmed men and boys last April. Nikolai Repin, a Tass commentator, said that in spreading the "monstrous misinformation," Western news media had shattered all records in their anti-Soviet propaganda campaign.

The report said nearly the entire male population of the town of Kerala in eastern Afghanistan was killed for giving aid to Afghan rebels.

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The Monitor said it was the first reported case corroborated by eyewitnesses of a mass military reprisal against Afghanistan's civilian population in two years of fighting.


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