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Police officer, Taliban leader killed in battle in Pakistan 2007-03-26 20:34:38
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    ISLAMABAD, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A police inspector and a head of an militant group, who claimed to be a local Taliban leader, were killed Monday in a gun battle in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), officials said.

    According to the authorities, a militant was arrested while his companion was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

    This incident occurred near the Oxford Public High School in Tank, a major city in the NWFP at the edge of the restive South Waziristan tribal region.

    Police said that the head of the militant group Ehsan Barqi alias "Gernail" told the school management that he wanted to address the student assembly to deliver a speech on Jehad.

    The school management called the police and on resistance, the militants hurled a hand grenade on the police.

    In another incident, a hand grenade was thrown on a police van in Tank, injuring five pedestrians but the police personnel remained unhurt. The militants fled after the incident.

    Senior police officer Mumtaz Zareen said that an Ehsan accomplice, Asmatullah Barqi was arrested.

    The paramilitary Frontier Corps Militia and police cordoned the area and started investigations after the incidents.

    These clashes took place after reports that several students of schools in Tank had mysteriously disappeared.

    Zarreen clarified that the Ehsan Baqi group frequently visited schools for some time and that he took students with the consent of their parents.

Editor: Gao Ying
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