Prince William and Catherine visit riot-hit English city

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine on Friday visited the district of Birmingham where three men were killed during riots which rocked England last week.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met the parents of the men of South Asian descent who were killed when they were mown down by a car in the ethnically mixed Winson Green area of Britain's second city.

They also chatted to local residents at a community centre in Winson Green just a short distance from the spot where the men were killed on August 10 as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters.

The three victims -- Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31 -- were buried on Thursday after open-air funeral prayers attended by more than 20,000 mourners.

Tariq Jahan, the father of the youngest victim, emerged as a heroic figure as he defused growing tensions, making an impassioned plea to a group of angry men from the South Asian community who wanted to seek revenge.

The visit of William, the second in line to the throne, and his new wife to Birmingham is the third consecutive day of visits by the royal family to areas affected by the violence and looting last week.

His brother Prince Harry met emergency service workers in Manchester, northwest England, on Thursday and their father Prince Charles toured areas of London on Wednesday, including Tottenham where the violence began.

© 2011 AFP

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