Taliban Back in Swat Valley, Officials Say

April 29, 2010

Pakistan (ChattahBox) – After a short hiatus following aggressive military operations in the region, the Taliban have once again begun targeting local leaders in the troubled Swat Valley.

The Taliban took control of the region fully in 2007, expanding from the point to the North West until 2009, when Pakistan’s military began intense sweeps of the area, pushing the militia out.

However, for the first time since those operations, insurgents have once again reentered the Swat Valley. They have killed three leaders of anti-Taliban leaders who have spoken against the organization in the last ten days.

“But these incidents do not mean that the Taliban can return in any organized form to the Swat valley. The army is confident of this,” Colonel Akhtar Abbas, the PR head of the army chapter currently in the Swat Valley said.

“We carried out an operation after a tip-off and killed the four of them.”

But a report by the BBC said that several locals who witnessed the battle between the military and Pakistan insurgents allege that at least one of the men got away.



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