Taliban take 35 policemen hostage in Pakistan

July 9th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, July 9 (Xinhua) At least 35 policemen were taken hostage by Taliban insurgents in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province Wednesday, Dawn News TV channel reported. According to the report, some Taliban militants surrounded a police station in Doaba in Hangu district and demanded the release of some of their men arrested earlier in the day.

The militants were holding the policemen inside the police station. The police station head has sought help from paramilitary forces, the report said.

Earlier in the day, security personnel arrested seven Taliban militants during an operation.

In June last year, Pakistan security forces launched a major crackdown on Taliban militants in the province, mostly in Khyber Tribal Agency. The new government last week directed the army to suspend the operation so that tribal elders could resume peace talks with the militants.

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