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Pakistan bombs Taliban after capturing key town

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(Read caption) Pakistani soldiers patrolled Naurang near Bannu, Pakistan on Sunday. Pakistan's 9-day-old offensive in the Taliban and Al Qaeda stronghold of South Waziristan is considered its most critical test yet in the campaign to stop the spread of violent extremism in the nuclear-armed country.

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Pakistan pressed on in its week-old offensive against the Taliban in South Waziristan Sunday, bombing militant bases and advancing ground troops after recapturing the hometown of the Pakistani Taliban's leader Saturday.

Continuing a wave of attacks against Pakistani military, police, and civilian targets, a suicide bomber killed a police officer early Sunday after police stopped his car.

Reuters reports that Pakistani jets bombed Taliban bases in the villages of Sam, Badr, and Ladha on Sunday, destroying some of the bases, according to an intelligence official. Pakistani troops encountered fierce resistance from the Taliban while fighting to control Tarkona Narai, a strategic crossroads in South Waziristan, reports The Washington Post,

The military claims to have killed more than 160 militants since the offensive began, while about two dozen troops have died, though the numbers are impossible to verify, reports Dawn, a Pakistani English-language daily.

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