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Pakistan Taliban to End Attacks That Kill Civilians, News Says

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Taliban factions in Pakistan have agreed to end attacks that risk killing civilians and stop kidnapping for ransom while continuing suicide strikes against security forces, The News reported, citing a militant spokesman.

Pakistani Taliban fighters would also continue to take part in attacks in Afghanistan, the paper reported based on an interview with Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Urdu-language name of the Taliban movement in the country.

Pakistani media have reported conflicting statements over a possible peace process between the government and militant groups since September, when political parties urged a new effort at seeking talks. Militants and troops have continued to fight in several of the seven ethnic Pashtun tribal districts that form the main base of the Taliban movement.

Almost 20,000 people have been killed in insurgent violence in Pakistan since 2009, according to a database maintained by the New Delhi, India-based South Asia Terrorism portal.

To contact the reporters on this story: Haris Anwar in Islamabad at hanwar2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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