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37 prisoners are exchanged

May 15, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Pakistani authorities and Taliban militants exchanged dozens of prisoners, officials said.

Pakistan army Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said tribal elders mediating in the talks secured the release of seven security personnel. In return, authorities released 30 people detained in the Waziristan region near the Afghan border.

Abbas described the 30 as "tribal people," but three Pakistani intelligence officials said they were suspected militants.

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