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Taliban kidnaps a top official

February 23, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Taliban militants kidnapped the top government administrator and six of his guards in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley, the group and officials said.

Khushal Khan, district coordination officer of Swat, was traveling by car to Mingora when he was abducted, said Syed Mohammad Jawed, commissioner for the Malakand division, which includes Swat.

Muslim Khan, the Taliban spokesman in Swat, said the group claimed responsibility.

"He is our guest. We have to discuss some issues with him. We will serve him with tea and then free him," Khan said.

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