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Pakistani Taliban Announces Cease-fire

The Pakistani Taliban says it will observe a one-month cease-fire to allow peace talks with the government to resume.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid announced Saturday the senior leadership of the militant group had instructed all of its subgroups to abide by the cease-fire.

The cease-fire comes as Pakistani forces have bombarded militant hideouts in the northwest with airstrikes in recent days. Previous negotiation attempts broke down when insurgents in the northwest said they had killed 23 Pakistani troops.

The Pakistani Taliban has wanted to overthrow the government and establish its own hard-line form of Islam across the country. Militant attacks have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis.

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