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By AFP

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least 11 people, most of them militants, were killed in shootouts in Pakistan’s northwest, where the army has been engaged in battles against the Taliban, officials said Sunday.

The incidents took place in the restive northwestern town of Bannu and the tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghan border.

“At least six militants and two local tribesmen including the chief of the local peace committee were killed during an exchange of fire in Mohmand’s Khawazi village late on Saturday,” Ghafoor Khan, a local official said. (more…)

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigeria’s League for Human Rights says overzealous security forces are killing innocent civilians as the military tries to crush an Islamist militant sect.

League director Shamaki Gad Peter tells The Associated Press that rights workers saw the bodies of up to 20 people after troops began an offensive on the sect’s headquarters in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

He says they were unarmed and some were shot from behind and assumed to be trying to escape the mayhem. The rights worker says many other innocent people have been arrested. (more…)

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