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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