Three of 10 abducted Pakistanis killed by Afghan-Taliban
Last Updated: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 23:53
Peshawar: The Afghan-Taliban have killed three of the 10 Pakistanis they had abducted from a forest in Chitral district in northwest Pakistan, police said on Thursday.

The bodies of the three captives had been recovered while the fate of the remaining seven was unknown, police officials said.

The bodies of Muhammad Rasul, Misal Khan and Khoedad Khan have been identified by their relatives.

A group of around 50 Afghan-Taliban militants had intruded into Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and abducted 10 men working as woodcutters in a forest on August 28.

All the abducted men belonged to Dhog Dara village of Upper Dir district, also in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. They were part of a group of 60 woodcutters hired by a local contractor.

Some of the woodcutters told police that the Afghan- Taliban were apparently in a great hurry and took away only 10 men after searching two rooms of the house they were living in.

The alleged delay on the part of police in launching an operation to trace the abducted men helped the Taliban to cross into Afghanistan.

Police officials said the Afghan-Taliban had abducted the 10 men in retaliation for the formation of a 'qaumi lashkar' or anti-Taliban militia by the people of Dhog Dara last year.

The Afghan-Taliban had also abducted a Greek social activist from Chitral in September last year.


First Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, 23:53

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