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Taleban Release Abducted Pakistani Principal, Brother

  • VOA News

Taleban militants have freed the principal of a high school in Pakistan who was kidnapped earlier this week for stopping insurgents from recruiting students to fight in Afghanistan.

Reports say negotiations led by a tribal council (jirga) led to the release of Ferid Mashud, principal of the Oxford Public School in Tank in northwest Pakistan.

His brother, who was also abducted, has also been freed.

Tank remains under a curfew following violence sparked by the incident at the school on Monday. One police officer and two suspected militants were killed after police tried to stop insurgents from recruiting children as suicide bombers.

Days later, reprisal violence erupted with heavily armed militants battling government forces.

Tank is near Pakistan's rugged tribal region of Waziristan. The Pakistani army has been struggling to clear the area of Taleban insurgents and al-Qaida forces.

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