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Police: Taliban suspects among Pakistani refugees

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A senior police official says 39
suspected Taliban fighters have been arrested hiding among refugees
from fighting in Pakistan's northwest.
The police chief of the Mardan district where camps have been
set up to house some of the around 2 million people who fled the
military offensive in the Swat Valley says alleged Taliban had
disguised themselves among the refugees.
Syed Akhtar Ali Shah said the 39 suspects had shaved off the
beards that many conservative Muslims consider a sign of piety.
The military says it has killed more than 1,100 militants in its
month-old campaign to rout the Taliban from Swat and surrounding
regions, an offensive that is strongly backed by Washington.


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