Pakistan has rushed hundreds of troops to an area overrun by Taliban militants, AFP reports. The extremists have seized control of Buner district—just 60 miles west of the capital—and witnesses say they are patrolling the streets, barring women from public places, and warning residents not to engage in "un-Islamic activities."
"Local police are helpless and seem to have lost control," a resident said. "Taliban are moving freely everywhere in the town." The troops—whose convoy has come under fire from militants—were dispatched amid warnings that the Taliban is moving even closer to the capital and is well-placed to seize vital roads and dams.