Islamabad: Pro-Taliban militants beheaded a
tribesman in the restive Khyber tribal region of Pakistan on
charges of spying, according to a media report on Thursday.
Militants abducted Rahim Shah, a resident of Bara
Qambarkhel, and later dumped his beheaded body in nearby
mountains in the remote Tirah valley yesterday.
A letter left with the body alleged that Shah was
involved in spying on militants and desecration of places of
worship, the Dawn newspaper quoted its sources as saying.
In a separate development, the Manzakhel branch of the
Akkakhel tribe has extended its full support to the local
peace committee or anti-Taliban militia in its campaign
The decision was made at a jirga of tribal elders where
scores of local armed volunteers joined the peace committee
and established several checkpoints to monitor the movements
The political administration of Khyber Agency and
security forces had launched an operation against militants in
Akkakhel area few days ago.
Sources said scores of families had moved from the area
to safer places due to the fresh offensive and anticipated
counter-attacks by militants.