Gunmen in Pakistan kidnap 8 government officials

May 19, 2007 07:40

Dozens of gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying eight government officials and kidnapped them in a troubled northwestern tribal region of Pakistan, an official said Saturday. The officials, including five women, were abducted late Friday when they were going to the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan to inspect sites for development projects, said Arbab Mohammed Arif Khan, secretary for law and order in Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal regions. Militants have expanded their influence in North Waziristan since a September peace deal with Pakistan's government ended months of bloody fighting between pro-Taliban tribesmen and security forces.

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