India-Pakistan: Angry Tribesmen and Determined Terrorists

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December 27, 2005: In Pakistan's pro-Taliban South Waziristan, along the Afghan border, three soldiers were hurt when their truck hit a landmine. Further to the south, in Baluchistan, troops continued to battle with rebellious tribesmen. Over a hundred had been killed or wounded in nine days of fighting.

December 26, 2005: Indian and Bangladeshi police have confirmed that Islamic terrorist groups in Bangladesh are trying to send suicide bomber teams into India. One such attack succeeded last October, but another was foiled with arrests inside India, and other attacks are being stopped inside Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi terrorists received training and support from Islamic radical groups in Pakistan. India and Pakistan are making progress towards settling their differences, but the Islamic radicals in Pakistan are largely beyond the control of the government (because of the general popularity of the radicals.) Meanwhile, India and Bangladesh have increased security along their common border.

December 25, 2005: In the last ten days, 21 Maoist rebels have surrendered in India. The rebels want to live a "normal life,"

December 24, 2005: In rural areas of eastern India, Maoist rebels refuse to negotiate or surrender, and are gathering in large groups (several hundred) to attack police stations. The Maoists have not had a lot of success, and casualties are low, but there is definitely growing unrest in these rural areas.

December 22, 2005: Acting on a tip, Indian police in Kashmir found and killed a senior terrorist commander (Shahzad Ahmad of the Harkatul Mujaheedin.)

 

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