Taliban fighters kill 7 Pakistani tribesmen in N. Waziristan for spying

Taliban fighters killed seven Pakistani tribesmen in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border who they suspected of spying for US, security officials said.

Taliban fighters kill 7 Pakistani tribesmen in N. Waziristan for spying

Taliban fighters killed seven Pakistani tribesmen in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border who they suspected of spying for the United States, security officials said on Sunday.

Fighters have killed a large number of tribal elders, government officials and Afghan nationals on suspicions of spying in Waziristan.

The bullet-riddled bodies of five tribesmen were dumped on a roadside in a village 35 km (20 miles) south of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah, the officials said.

"All of them appeared to have been killed last night and a hand-written note was lying near these bodies saying they were American spies," a security official in Miranshah said by telephone.

"Whosoever spied for America will face the same fate," another security official quoted the note as saying. Two other bodies were found elsewhere in the region with a similar note from the Taliban.

The Taliban later issued a farewell video that showed the bomber sitting beside Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

The United States has stepped up its attacks by pilotless drones in North and South Waziristan despite civilian causulties.

The army launched an offensive against Mehsud's fighters in South Waziristan in mid-October and has captured most of their bases.

North Waziristan is a major sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban.

Reuters
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