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Pakistan lifts curfews in Swat

MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) - It's another sign of confidence from
Pakistan's military that an offensive against the Taliban in the
Swat valley is making progress.
Curfews have been lifted today in seven towns, though violence
continued elsewhere in the northwest as a bomb killed two people at
a busy bus terminal. The blast also wounded at least 18.
The lifting of the curfew will allow thousands of people caught
in the battle zone to leave their homes and search for what food
and other supplies they can find.
The loosening of restrictions posed new dangers for residents,
however. One says he saw soldiers open fire at civilians in Mingora
as they emerged from hiding places. The soldiers apparently
suspected the residents were Taliban.
Pakistan launched an offensive against militants in Swat and
surrounding districts a month ago after they violated the terms of
a cease-fire and advanced into a region close to the capital,
Islamabad.


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