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Monday
Feb072011

Wife of Pakistani Fatally Shot by US Man Commits Suicide

Raymond Davis. Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The wife of one of the Pakistani men allegedly shot and killed by an American official in Lahore took her own life Sunday after ingesting poison, her doctors reported.

Shumaila Kanwal committed suicide by taking a tablet usually used to keep grain in a silo from going bad in the winter.  Before passing away, her doctors allowed her to speak to reporters on camera from inside the hospital, and she delivered a diatribe to describe why she tried to take her own life.

"I do not expect any justice from this government," Kanwal told reporters.  "That is why I want to kill myself."

"I want blood for blood," she said.  "The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion."

Kanwal's husband, Mohammad Faheem, was among three men killed on Jan. 27.  Raymond Davis is accused of shooting and killing Faheem and another man who he claims were attempting to rob him in Lahore.  A third Pakistani man died after he was struck by a vehicle that was reportedly racing to Davis' aid.

Davis is being held in a prison in Lahore.

The U.S. State Department has called the shooting self defense.

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