Pakistan official says country at war

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - A senior Pakistani official says the government is fighting a war that will continue until the country is free of terrorism.

Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said in remarks broadcast Friday that previous Pakistani military campaigns against Islamic militants were halted too soon.

He said the current government will take operations to their "logical conclusion" and that "this war will continue until we make Pakistan terrorism-free."

Troops are battling militants in at least three regions and extremists have mounted a wave of suicide bombings.

The escalating violence this week prompted the United Nations and foreign diplomatic missions here to increase their security precautions.

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