Taliban abducts 140 soldiers (Pakistan)

As the Pakistan security forces continue their operation in the North-Western Frontier Province, more than 140 troops have been kidnapped by the local Taliban, sources said.

According to the sources, around 16 security personnel were kidnapped from Bara, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas by Haji Mangal Bagh, chief of the Lashkar-e-Islam militant group and more than 124 personnel were kidnapped by Baitullah Mehsud’s men on Tuesday night.

However, the Pakistan Army denied the abduction.

There are two major groups of local Taliban in NWFP, headed by Baitullah Mehsud and Haji Mangal Bagh.

According to an another report, the paramilitary forces on Tuesday smashed two hideouts of banned outfits led by Pir Saifur Rehman and Mufti Munir Shakir, in Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency and arrested 18.

Turi tribesmen of Pewar village in Kurram Agency have released 44 kidnapped Frontier Corps (FC) officials after the jirga held successful negotiations with the local tribesmen, media reported.

Mohammed Azam Khan, political agent of Kurram Agency, told reporters in Parachinar that the tribals in Pewar village made 44 FC men hostage and a 25-member jirga was sent there for their release.

The jirga members agreed to the demands of the captors concerning opening of all the main roads in the agency.

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