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Pak Taliban offers to release detained soldiers

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 22:52

Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday
offered to release 33 paramilitary troops captured by them a
week ago if the government frees some detained militants but
warned that it would kill the soldiers one by one if their
demands are not met.

The 33 Frontier Corps personnel were captured when
militants attacked a security check post in the volatile
Mohmand tribal region.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand
told reporters by phone from an undisclosed location that the
paramilitary troopers were in the Taliban`s custody for the
past week.

"We are ready to set them free in return for the
release of detained Taliban," he said.

The Taliban will not accept anything less than the
release of the detained fighters, he said.

Ikramullah warned that the Taliban would kill the
captured Frontier Corps personnel one by one if the government
did not release the detained militants.

The identity of the militants whose release has been
sought by the Taliban could not immediately be ascertained.
Frontier Corps spokesman Maj Fazlur Rehman confirmed
that 33 paramilitary personnel were missing since the Taliban
attacked the check post near the Afghan border last week.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 22:52

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