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The Pakistani Army launched an operation against the Taliban in Hangu. The Taliban captured two policemen in Swat. The former Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan who was kidnapped in Khyber in February was taken to South Waziristan for captivity. A senior minister for the Northwest Frontier Province asked the Taliban to lay down their weapons for peace.
Pakistanis are fearful that NATO is building up forces across the border in Khost to attack in North Waziristan; the tribesmen vowed to defend their territory. Security forces captured a Tanzanian al Qaeda operative and two members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Multan. Seven were killed in clashes in Khyber between Lashkar-e-Islam and Ansar-ul-Islam. Five soldiers were wounded in a Taliban rocket attack in Dir.
Prime Minister Gilani admitted al Qaeda is in the tribal areas and fears another 9/11 style attack will be launched from there. The Taliban destroyed a Frontier Corps checkpoint in Hangu. Two Hangu tribes formed a lashkar to oppose the Taliban. The wife of Red Mosque cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz is training girls to become suicide bombers.
The co-leader of the ruling political party said the US should avoid talk of hot pursuit into the tribal areas. The Taliban beheaded a "US spy" in North Waziristan. A suicide bomber wounded three Pakistanis after detonating at a Shia gathering in Dera Ismail Khan. The Taliban said a jirga would decide the fate of 29 captured soldiers.
The Taliban killed 22 Pakistanis in Hangu, including 15 soldiers, after ambushing a convoy. The Taliban threatened to kill 29 hostages taken in Hangu if their leader is not freed; the government said it would hold the Taliban accountable if they were killed. Four members of a polio vaccination team were released by the Taliban in Mohmand agency.
The Taliban said it would kill hostages if a Hangu Taliban leader is not released. Taliban fighters destroyed three police checkpoints in Charsadda. Lashkar-e-Islam and the Ansar-ul-Islam have declared a cease-fire. Supporters of the Lal Masjid threatened the Daily Aaj newspaper for mocking extremists.