Officials: mass abduction by Taliban in Pakistan
Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles carrying at least 400 students, staff and relatives from a boys' school Monday, taking dozens possibly hundreds captive in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.
Police were negotiating for the captives' release following the brazen abduction part of a string of militant actions in Pakistan's tribal belt that the army believes is partly aimed at distracting the military from its offensive against the Taliban in the Swat Valley. The militants were said to be armed with rockets, grenades and automatic weapons.
Details were still emerging early Tuesday about what exactly happened in North Waziristan. Originally as many as 500 people were believed to have been abducted, but about 200 students were later found to be safe.
Students made up the majority of the group. Cadet colleges in Pakistan are usually run by retired military officers and educate teenagers. They also typically provide room and board.
Couldn't wait for martyrdom, I guess. What was that surah? Oh yes, "And there shall wait on them young boys of their own, as fair as virgin pearls."
Posted by: ed 2009-06-01