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Pakistan Increases Quake Death Toll to More Than 73,000

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Pakistan has increased its death toll from last month's massive earthquake to more than 73,000.

A top relief official Major-General Farooq Ahmed Khan made the announcement Wednesday in Islamabad. He also said more than 69,000 people were injured in the October 8th quake.

Tuesday, government officials had put the death toll at more than 57,000, with most of those killed in Pakistani-Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military said it resumed helicopter relief flights in northern Pakistan, a day after one of its aircraft is believed to have come under fire.

U.S. officials say they are still investigating Tuesday's incident, when a suspected rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a helicopter delivering relief aid. No one was injured and the helicopter was not hit.

Pakistani officials said the helicopter crew probably heard dynamite being used to clear landslides triggered by the quake.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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