Taliban captures new areas in NWFP

April 11th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Islamabad, Apr.11 (ANI): The Swat Taliban has established its grip over new areas in the Buner region of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

A day earlier, the Taliban had announced that it would move out of the region.

According to sources Taliban fighters have also taken control of the shrine of Sufi saint Pir Baba in the region.

“They (Taliban) have taken control of vast areas in Buner. They are freely moving around while police and other law-enforcement personnel remain confined to their posts,” the Dawn quoted a local living near the shrine, as saying.

Sources said that outlawed operatives ransacked the shrine and destroyed it completely.TV sets, pictures, paintings and audio-video cassettes were put on fire in the shrine before being locked.

Security officials said they have been asked by their superiors not to retaliate.

“We have been asked by our seniors not to interfere with the Taliban,” a police officer of the Pir Baba police station said.

The official said Taliban fighters possessed some very advanced arms and ‘never seen before’ arms and ammunitions.

The Taliban has also captured houses of several tribal elders in the region.

The administration said that talks were on with the militants to urge them leave the area, but sources said the talks between the militants, administration officials and a local jirga headed by Maulana Waliullah Kalbalgrami, could not reach an agreement, and they have been allowed to ‘go anywhere’ in Buner. (ANI)

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