Gunmen kidnap seven soldiers in northwest Pakistan

September 19, 2007 10:56

Dozens of gunmen raided a checkpoint near a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaida operatives in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday and kidnapped seven soldiers, a local official said. The attack near the North Waziristan region highlights concern about the ability of Pakistani troops to stand up to gunmen who appear to be gaining in strength near the Afghan border. It was not immediately clear exactly who abducted the soldiers in the village of Buland Khel, said Ghani ur-Rahman, the mayor of nearby Hangu town. He said authorities were contacting tribal elders to seek their help in releasing the men.

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