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About 50 Islamists held a special service Tuesday in Pakistan for two men who were killed in Texas after they opened fire at a cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The cleric Mohammad Chishti led the service for Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi at a public park in northwest Pakistan.

Chishti told journalists that the two men were martyrs and that he organized the service to pay tribute to them.

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Associated Press Writer Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, contributed to this report.