Taliban plan abductions to free bin Laden family

September 9, 2011 20:43


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ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Taliban militants plan to kidnap senior Pakistani officials to pressure authorities to release relatives of Osama bin Laden detained after the al-Qaida leader was killed, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.

Bin Laden's wives and several of his children are being held by authorities in the South Asian nation, where the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, and al-Qaida have been building an alliance for years.

"Intelligence agencies have issued an alert that the TTP have plans to kidnap top people in Pakistan," Malik told Reuters.

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