Pakistani forces seize main town of Buner district from Taliban
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    ISLAMABAD, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani forces on Wednesday took control of Daggar, main town of northwestern Pakistan's Buner district, during the military offensive against Taliban militants, said the military sources.

Pakistan troops patrol in Buner district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), about 100 kilometers from the capital Islamabad. Pakistani forces on Wednesday took control of Daggar, main town of northwestern Pakistan's Buner district, during the military offensive against Taliban militants, said the military sources.
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    Pakistani forces continued their operation in Buner district of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), about 100 kilometers from the capital Islamabad, dropping parachuters by helicopters in the mountainous region.

    "Early Wednesday morning, heliborne forces successfully landed at Daggar and surroundings areas and secured Daggar, headquarters of Buner District and linked up with Police and Frontier Constabulary," said a military statement.

    The Pakistani army launched an operation in Buner district on Tuesday afternoon facing the Taliban expansion.

    Military spokesman Athar Abbas told a press conference on Tuesday that the militants would be cleared of the region within a week.

    Abbas said some 450 to 500 militants were present in different parts of Buner district.

    The Taliban in early April entered Buner district from the restive Swat valley and set up checkpoints and patrolled the area. Taliban had promised to withdraw from Buner after talks with the NWFP government.

    "They had no plan to move out of Buner," said Abbas.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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