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Remaining Pakistan students freed

The last of a group of Pakistani students kidnapped by Taliban militants in the northwest of the country have been freed, officials say.

An army spokesman told the BBC that 46 students and two teachers had been turned over to local security forces.

Several buses of students and staff from the Razmak cadet college went missing in North Waziristan on Monday.

There have been varying reports of the number of people initially abducted. On Tuesday the army recovered 80 hostages.

A spokesman for the Taliban told the BBC’s Urdu service Dilawar Khan Wazir that they had set all the remaining captives free.

He did not elaborate on why the students may have been kidnapped. But officials had earlier speculated that the move may be a sign that Taliban militants are trying to divert attention away from the army offensive against them further north.

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