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Pakistan Arrests 27 Taleban Suspects in Raid on Hospital


Pakistani authorities say they have arrested at least 27 suspected Taleban insurgents after a raid on a private hospital in southwestern Baluchistan province.

Local officials say initial investigation showed that the militants were brought from neighboring Afghanistan to the hospital in the provincial capital, Quetta.

They say several Taleban were being treated for wounds sustained in fighting in southern Afghanistan.

Last month, authorities in the restive Pakistani province arrested more than 200 Afghan nationals suspected of having links with Taleban militants. Among those caught was a former commander of Taleban forces in southern Afghanistan.

The raids follow months of pressure from the Afghan government, the U.S.-led coalition and NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan, who want Islamabad to act more forcefully against the Taleban remnants hiding in Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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