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Over 100,000 people displaced, as Pak Army launches operation in Kurram region

Peshawar, Wed, 27 Jul 2011 ANI

Peshawar, July 27 (ANI): Over 100,000 people have left their homes in the Kurram tribal region on the Afghanistan- Pakistan border, after the army launched an operation to flush out Taliban militants.


Thousands of families escaped from the region after the Pakistan army launched the operation early this month. Militants and Taliban groups active in Afghanistan are reported to have training camps in the region, The Dawn reports.


"We have so far registered at least 9,944 families, up to 100,000 people," senior official Sahibzada Anis was quoted, as saying.


He said about 1,800 families were living in temporary camps but many others had shifted either to relatives' houses or to rented premises.


"These camps have been set up in schools and colleges, which are closed for summer vacations. The government may extend vacations if the operation prolongs in Kurram," Anis said.


Pakistan's seven tribal districts including Kurram, which are bordering Afghanistan, are are believed to be strongholds of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. (ANI)


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