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5 Killed in Taliban Gunbattle With Pakistan Police

Police in Pakistan say at least five people have been killed in a gunbattle with Taliban militants trying to expand their stronghold in the Swat valley.

The clash took place overnight in Buner, a previously peaceful district to the southeast of Swat.

According to Zakir Khan, a police official in Buner's Pir Baba area, a group of Taliban militants crossed into a mountainous area of Buner late Monday.

Khan said armed tribesmen and police confronted them, and three officers and two tribesmen were killed. He estimated that more than a dozen militants also died.