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Pakistan Taliban Free Abducted Dam Workers

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The Pakistani Taliban has freed seven abducted workers.

A purported spokesman of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said on September 14 that the workers were handed over to tribal leaders in the northwestern North Waziristan tribal district near Afghanistan's border.

An unnamed government spokesman confirmed the release and said it was made possible by efforts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's provincial governor Shaukatullah Khan, who worked with tribal leaders to secure the release.

The workers were abducted in August 2012. They were building a new hydroelectric dam in the restive Waziristan region.

The dam, known as Gomal Zam, was inaugurated on September 13 after years of delays because of insecurity.

With reporting by BBC Urdu