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ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s military says one soldier and seven militants have died in a gunbattle in the northwestern Swat Valley, where the army has waged a four-month-old offensive against the Taliban.

An army statement Wednesday says the clash came as security forces were conducting a search operation in the Charai area. It says 23 suspected militants were arrested in other areas of the valley over the previous 24 hours.

The valley, once a tourist haven, is slowly returning to normal as most of the 2 million people displaced by the offensive return.

Still, none of the Taliban’s top leaders are confirmed to have been killed or captured and pockets of resistance remain.

Late last month, a suicide bombing at a Swat police station killed 17 cadets.

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