Pakistan: Taliban kill local chief in former stronghold
14 September 2022 | 10:44 am
A chief in the Swat valley who fought against Taliban militants has been killed by a roadside bomb. Recent attacks have marked a return to the the decades of violence that has left 80,000 dead.
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