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 platforms.

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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