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Pakistan: Taliban holds town near capital hostage | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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ISLAMABAD (AP) – The Pakistan army says the Taliban are holding the population of one town near the capital hostage.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas says troops are encountering stiff resistance from militants in Buner as the troops fight their way toward insurgent strongholds. The district is 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the capital of Islamabad.

Abbas said security forces have killed another 14 militants in operations to reverse the spreading power of the Taliban.