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Pakistan Relaxes Curfew in North Waziristan

  • VOA News

Pakistani authorities have relaxed a curfew in a semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan, following a military operation on a suspected pro-Taleban militant camp.

The authorities announced the seven-hour break in the curfew in North Waziristan on Sunday to give residents an opportunity to buy food and other items. Many residents reportedly used the opportunity to flee their homes.

Local officials also circulated notices warning residents against sheltering militants.

At least three rockets fired by militants landed in the town of Bannu overnight, but no casualties were reported.

The curfew was imposed eight days ago after militants attacked security positions in the region's main town of Miran Shah and took control of several government buildings. The military has since re-gained control of the buildings.

More than 150 militants and five soldiers have been killed in the violence and a huge amount of weapons and explosives have been destroyed.
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