|05-01-2009, 05:23 PM||#1|
Curio & Relic
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Taliban briefly kidnap 10 paramilitaries in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - - Taliban militants early Friday briefly kidnapped 10 paramilitary soldiers from their local headquarters in a northwest Pakistan town bordering troubled Swat valley, police said.
The abductions took place in the town of Dir, in the Upper Dir district of Malakand -- the region in which the military this week launched an offensive against Taliban.
Up to 60 Taliban militants stormed the local paramilitary headquarters and snatched 10 personnel shortly after midnight, Dir police chief Ijaz Ahmed told AFP, before later releasing them.
"They were released unconditionally after they were recognized from the Taliban meetings." he said.
Atif Rehman, head of the district administration in Upper Dir, confirmed that more than 50 armed militants attacked the local paramilitary headquarters and abducted 10 personnel for 13 hours until they were freed.
In nearby Buner district, militants earlier this week captured police stations in three villages and have been holding hostage 52 police officers and paramilitary soldiers, the military has said.
Daraclor: A brand of anti-malaria pills which we had to drink every week while on the border. Legend had it that these would make you turn yellow and that you wouldn't be able to tan.
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