Pro-Taliban militants publicly execute ‘informants’

June 27th, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 27 (DPA) Islamic militants Friday publicly executed two Afghan nationals they accused of providing a tip-off that led to a US missile strike in Pakistan’s tribal region, officials and Taliban spokesman said. The pro-Taliban militants first slit the throat of one of the accused in the presence of hundreds of people in the Damadola area of the restive tribal district of Mohmand Agency on Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan and then shot dead the other one, a local security official said.

“We have killed Jan Wali and Qari Ziaul Islam from Afghanistan’s Kunar province because they were spying for the Americans for quite some time,” Maulvi Omar, a spokesman for Pakistan’s Taliban, told reporters via telephone from an undisclosed location.

“Both confessed that the Americans targeted a house in Damadola May 14 on the information they provided them,” he said.

After the killings, the rebels fired into the air in jubilation, injuring 10 people.

The missile strike on a suspected militant hideout in May killed 15 people in the Mohmand Agency, which, like other Pakistani tribal districts, contains sanctuaries for Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters launching cross-border attacks on international forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s new government has opened peace talks with the tribal militants, a move that has raised concerns in the US and other NATO countries deployed in Afghanistan. They worry that peace agreements allow insurgents to regroup and strengthen.

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