AP PHOTOS: Portraits of Pakistani Taliban victims

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By The Associated Press, Associated Press

In recent weeks, the Pakistani government and Taliban forces fighting in northwestern tribal areas have expressed an interest in peace talks to end the years-long conflict. An estimated 30,000 civilians and 4,000 soldiers have died in terrorist attacks in Pakistan since Sept. 11, 2001 — many at the hands of the Pakistani Taliban. Many of those victims are angry at the prospect of peace talks with their attackers.

"Hang them alive," said 14-year-old Hazratullah Khan, who lost his right leg below the knee in a car bombing on his way home from school. "Slice the flesh off their bodies and cut them into pieces. That's what they have been doing to us."

AP's chief photographer for Pakistan, Muhammed Muheisen, made a series of portraits of some of these victims of Taliban violence.

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