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Pakistan frees 9 held for terror links

Pakistani authorities have released nine tribesmen held for more than a year on suspicion of links with the Taliban and al-Qaida, a tribal elder and residents said Sunday. The men, who included relatives of fugitive militant leader Faqir Mohammed, were captured by Pakistani security agencies in May 2005 in the northwestern Bajur tribal region and were accused by the government of sheltering foreign militants. The men were freed Saturday “as a gesture of good will” following a meeting between government officials and elders from Bajur, said Malik Abul Aziz, the head of a council of tribal elders. Full Story

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