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The government offensive was seen as fairly effective, forcing many Taliban leaders to flee and reducing the area where the insurgents could operate openly.

The insurgent attacks slowed early this year. In recent months, they have been smaller, farther apart and largely confined to remote regions near Afghanistan.

But in a sign that the militant network has not been broken — despite a string of recent arrests, regular U.S. missile attacks and last year’s offensive — violence has surged over the past week.

At least 88 people have been killed in the recent wave of bombings.

Associated Press Writer Munir Ahmed contributed to this report from Islamabad.