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Swat's Taleban expand operations

21st April 2009,

by Syed Shoaib Hasan

from Islamabad

Taleban militants operating in Pakistan's Swat region who agreed a peace deal with the government have expanded operations into nearby Buner.

Dozens of militants have been streaming into bordering Buner to take over mosques and government offices.

Buner is part of the Malakand region, which has just seen the implementation of Sharia law under the peace deal.

But the Taleban have mainly operated in Swat, where they fought the army from August 2007 until this year's deal.

Under the deal the Taleban were expected to disarm.

Buner district is only about 100km (62 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for North West Frontier Province, said he had received reports of the Taleban expansion.

Recent reports said the Taleban had ransacked the offices of international ai

Added: Apr-22-2009 Occurred On: Apr-21-2009
By: wrano
Middle East
Tags: Pakistan, Swat, Buner, Malakand, Islamabad, Taliban, Sharia law
Location: Swat, North-West Frontier, Pakistan (load item map)
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