March 28, 2015
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Police in Pakistan say at least five
people have been killed in a gunbattle with Taliban militants
trying to expand their stronghold in the Swat valley.
The clash took place overnight in Buner, a previously peaceful
district to the southeast of Swat.
According to Zakir Khan, a police official in Buner's Pir Baba
area, a group of Taliban militants crossed into a mountainous area
of Buner late Monday.
Khan said armed tribesmen and police confronted them, and three
officers and two tribesmen were killed. He estimated that more than
a dozen militants also died.
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