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Fresh violence claims more lives in northwest Pakistan
Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:9AM
Zahid Hussain, Press TV, Peshawar
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The militancy nightmare continues in Pakistan as more than two dozens Pakistani soldiers have been killed near the Afghan border in less than three days.

This came after some one hundred pro-Taliban militants crossed the border into Pakistan’s northwestern district of Upper Dir this week.

Security officials in Pakistan confirmed that the Pakistani soldiers had been beheaded after pro-Taliban militants released a video that they say shows the heads of 17 soldiers captured in the cross-border attack from Afghanistan this week.

Pakistan Army blames the loyalists of Maulana Fazlullah, a pro-Taliban militant who led a two-year insurgency in the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province before fleeing into Afghanistan to escape an army offensive in 2009.

Islamabad has strongly protested against the cross-border attack.

Besides, Pakistan has told the UN Security Council that recurrence of such attacks from the Afghan side are unacceptable and must be prevented by any means.

On Thursday, a number of Pakistani soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on a military convoy in the lawless Khyber Agency, a day before the head of local anti-Taliban militia and his three associates were found shot dead in metropolis Peshawar.

In recent years, pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan have staged scores of bombings and other attacks against security forces and civilians in the country, killing thousands of them.

Observers say the recent deadly incidents show that years-long military offensives in the country have simply pushed pro-Taliban militants to other areas, and that violence in the country’s northwest is far from over, though the government claims to have successfully carried out military actions.

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