Pakistani police trainees released by abductors, say reports (Lead)

June 2nd, 2009 - 1:27 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, June 2 (Xinhua) Forty police trainees who were abducted by suspected militants Monday in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan have been released, TV reports said.
The forty students and six teachers belonged to the Razmak Cadet College.

However, six teachers and the principal of the college are still being held, according to TV reports.

Earlier, the Dawn TV channel said citing unconfirmed reports that around 400 police trainees from the Razmak Cadet College might have been abducted.

Mirza Muhammad Jehadi, advisor to prime minister on tribal affairs, told Dawn TV that the Taliban might be involved in the abduction.

The students and college staff were going home after the college was closed due to security reasons.

The security forces have launched a major offensive against the Taliban in Waziristan.

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