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Pakistani civilians flee insurgent crackdown

THOUSANDS of civilians are fleeing the latest military operation against insurgents in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber tribal region, a government official said yesterday.

The military destroyed two training centers and 15 militant homes yesterday, paramilitary troops said.

One militant was killed and nine more taken into custody, a statement from the paramilitary force said, adding that two people kidnapped by militants had also been recovered.

Farooq Khan, an official in Khyber, said hundreds of families had been fleeing the region since authorities relaxed a curfew last Friday.

While some families have left for other villages in the tribal area, most appeared to be leaving Khyber altogether, Khan said. Most of those families were heading to Peshawar, the main city in the northwest.


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