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Military bombs alleged militant positions in Pakistan

MARDAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani planes have bombed suspected
militant positions in a stronghold close to the capital today,
pressing ahead with a fierce offensive the government claimed had
killed 700 insurgents and had the Taliban on the run.
Islamabad's tough military response has earned praise from the
U.S., which wants al-Qaida and Taliban militants rooted out from
havens where they can plan attacks on American and NATO forces in
Afghanistan as well as destabilize nuclear-armed Pakistan.
Elsewhere in Pakistan's northwest, police say a suicide bomber
exploded his vehicle at a checkpoint, killing six civilians and two
members of the Frontier Constabulary security force.
Meanwhile, the United Nations says 360,600 refugees have had
fled Swat and neighboring Dir and Buner districts since operations
began last week. That figure is on top of some 500,000 people
registered as displaced due to past offensives.


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