Pakistan army claims it’s in full control of Mingora

May 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Pakistani military reports they have regained control of Mingora the capital and largest city in the swat valley, a week after re-entering the main town in Swat valley to dislodge Taliban fighters.

Military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said Saturday at  a news conferenc that government troops had taken “full control” of Mingora, although they are still facing “some resistance” from Taliban militants on the outskirts of the town.

He said the army, had secured an area 70 km (44 miles) north of Mingora, up to the town of Bahrain, in Upper Swat. Journalists are banned from the area so it is hard to verify the army’s claims. Reports from the region say security forces have warned residents of the northwestern town of Charbagh to leave before a possible military operation there.  The Taliban have threatened to launch terrorist strikes in Pakistani cities in retaliation and claimed responsibility for a  suicide bomb attack on Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 30 people.  More than two million people have fled the conflict zone, raising fears of a humanitarian crisis unless they are able to return home soon.


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