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Pakistan Arrests 45 Suspected Taleban Fighters


Pakistani police say they have arrested at least 45 suspected Taleban fighters in a series of raids near the Afghan border.

Police officials said Saturday that they made the arrests over the last 24 hours in and around Quetta in southern Baluchistan province.

The arrests come a week after Pakistani authorities arrested at least six suspected Taleban fighters receiving medical treatment for gunshot wounds at a Quetta hospital.

The Taleban have stepped up their insurgency against NATO-led troops in southern Afghanistan, with fighters frequently slipping over the border from Pakistan.

The renewed fighting has strained relations between the neighboring countries. Afghan officials say Taleban leaders frequently find shelter in Pakistan. Islamabad denies the accusations.

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