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Pakistanis rise against Taliban after mosque blast

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A local police chief says retaliation
by Pakistani tribesman for a deadly mosque attack continues with
two militant strongholds surrounded and the homes of Taliban
commanders destroyed.
The death toll in the fighting has risen to 13 with as many as
1,600 tribesmen now participating in a citizens' militia. It's seen
as an indication of rising anti-Taliban sentiment in Pakistan as
the military pursues its offensive against the militant group in
the nearby Swat Valley.
A local police chief says the militias, known as lashkars, are
focusing on two northwestern villages known as Taliban strongholds.
Officials said yesterday the tribesmen had managed to clear three
other villages.
The attack on the mosque during Friday prayers left 33
worshippers dead and wounded dozens more.


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