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15 Pakistani security personnel kidnapped by Taliban killed

01-05-2012 14:11 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- All the 15 Pakistani security personnel kidnapped by the Taliban from Pakistan's northwest Tank district in December 2011 have been killed, a local Pashto language Khyber TV on Thursday quoted a Pakistan Taliban spokesman as saying.

Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told local media that they have killed 15 security personnel who had been kidnapped last month after they attacked a fort of security forces near South Waziristan tribal region and the bodies of the slain Frontier Constabulary (FC), a paramilitary force in Pakistan, have been thrown in a mountainous area in North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan.

There is no official confirmation of the report yet.

Armed Taliban militants had kidnapped 15 security personnel on December 23 after they launched a pre-dawn attack on the FC's " Mullazai Fort" in Tank district near South Waziristan tribal region.

Taliban had demanded release of their militants for exchange of the kidnapped FC personnel.

A tribal journalist, who received the Taliban spokesman call, told Xinhua sources by phone from Dera Ismail Khan that Taliban have killed the kidnapped personnel in retaliation for the security forces operation against Taliban militants in Khyber tribal region a few days ago.

The Taliban spokesman also warned more revenge attacks in the coming days. He said the Taliban will also revenge the security forces operation in Zhob district of Balochistan Province which killed at least six militants on Wednesday.

The reporter said Taliban had been angry at the arrest of several "women" family members of the militants after the operation in Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency.

Officials said that a wanted Taliban commander Kamran Khalid was among 12 Taliban militants killed in the Khyber Agency operation on Sunday.

The kidnapped security men have been killed just a few days after five Taliban factions agreed on formation of a council to remove differences and to punish those who kidnap people from ransom.

The incident happened amid reports of talks between the government and Taliban militants. Deputy chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Maulvi Faqir said talks are going on with the government. But the TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan denied the claim.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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