Pak Taliban releases 48 ‘captured soldiers’

November 14th, 2007 - 8:18 am ICT by admin  
The ‘captured soldiers’ were also paraded in front of the media while being released.

According to The News, television crews were allowed to videotape conversations with the detainees in the troubled Swat region of Waziristan Province. Swat is witnessing sporadic violence for the last a few weeks.

The insurgents, followers of the firebrand religious leader Maulana Fazlullah who is leading a campaign for Islamic law, said the men were seized during clashes in the area.

One of the purported soldiers shown to reporters at Charbagh town, 15 kilometres north east of the regional capital Mingora, said the rebels had surrounded their hilltop outpost.

“We had exhausted our rations and ammunition. We had no option but to surrender,” said the man, who did not give his name and like the others was not wearing his uniform.

Masked militants brandished assault rifles, rocket launchers and traditional curved Swati swords as they displayed the men. (ANI)

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