Thursday, September 13, 2007

Militants abduct 12 more Pakistani soldiers

from AFP

The incident came as a senior US diplomat arrived in Islamabad for talks on counter-terrorism, the latest in a string of visitors from Washington as it presses President Pervez Musharraf to take strong action against Al-Qaeda. In a pre-dawn raid, the rebels armed with heavy weapons including rocket launchers surrounded a security post on the outskirts of the troubled city of Bannu, which borders the tribal zone of North Waziristan, officials said ... Pakistan has been rocked by violence since troops stormed the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad in July, with militants increasingly turning to kidnappings to press their demands for troops to stop operations against them. More than 200 soldiers remain in insurgent hands in the tribal zone of South Waziristan bordering Afghanistan nearly two weeks after surrendering without firing a shot ... Taliban-linked militants in northwest Pakistan have also mounted a campaign for a hardline interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. They beheaded two women accused of prostitution near Bannu last week.

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