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Pak Taliban kills two suspected spies

Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 13:03

Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban killed
two men they had accused of facilitating US drone attacks by
wrapping explosives around their bodies and blowing them up in
front of a large crowd.

The incident occurred Friday in Datta Khel area of
North Waziristan tribal region, a bastion of the
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The two men were accused by the militants of being
involved in a recent drone strike that killed 35 people.

The Taliban asked residents of two villages to gather
at two specified spots in Datta Khel, located 25 km west of
Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.
Dozens of armed Taliban fighters then brought the two
men to those spots.

Taliban commanders initially told the people that the
two men, whom they described as US spies, would speak and
confess to their involvement in several drone attacks.

Local residents were quoted by The News daily as
saying that the militant commanders subsequently said the two
men "were not in a position to speak" due to paucity of time
and the fear of a drone strike.

One man was killed at Deegan village and another at
Mohammadkhel village.

At both places, militants then tied sacks filled with
explosives to two men and forced them to stand on raised

Taliban commanders asked militants and the local
residents to move back as cables to a distant spot from where
the rebels triggered the explosives. Witnesses said the body
parts of the two men were scattered over a large area and
could not be gathered for burial.

Government officials said the powerful blasts were
heard in Miranshah.

The Taliban have killed dozens of tribesmen they have
accused of spying for the US in the past few years but this
was the first time that the killings were carried out in such
a manner.


First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 13:03

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