11 Die in Kite Festival

Flying a kite in Pakistan seems to be an extreme sport:

At least 11 people died in an annual two-day kite festival in Punjab Province. Officials said two died after their throats were cut by kite strings made of wire, used to damage rival kites. Five died after being hit by celebratory gunshots, and two people were electrocuted trying to untangle kites from overhead power cables. Two others fell from roofs. The police arrested more than 700 people for using sharpened kite strings or firing guns. The authorities had temporarily lifted a ban on kite-flying that was imposed after deaths at last year’s festival.

(Thanks Markus)

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  1. When we invaded Afghanastan, I remember hearing a report that the Taliban had banned kites. The reporter made it seem that kites had been banned because of their frivolity; now I understand — they were probably banned for being deadly.

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