Taliban militants execute a man in public

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Islamabad, Apr 28: Local Taliban militants executed a man in public in the Rahim Korona area of the tribal Mohmand agency, media reported. The Taliban had sentenced Zaiver Khan to death after finding him 'guilty' of hijacking vehicles and killing a number of people, local media reports said today.

After the execution yesterday, the death toll in the ongoing clashes between the local militants and tribesmen has gone up to 13. Three militants, three children and a woman were among the dead. Local people said the militants had set on fire the houses of several people belonging to the Dadukhel tribe and kidnapped six tribesmen.

Over 1,000 militants with heavy weapons mounted on trucks besieged a locality near Michni and carried out house-to-house searches for alleged criminals.

Militants' spokesman Maulvi Umar told mediapersons that the Taliban from Khyber and Bajaur agencies had also taken part in the clashes. The execution was carried out in a field where a large number of militants had gathered around.

They brought the blind-folded man and, according to witnesses, a militant pointed his AK-47 rifle at his head and fired a shot as others raised the slogans of 'Long Live Taliban'. When he fell on the ground militants started dragging his body around.

Maulvi Umar said one Taliban fighter had been killed on Saturday. He claimed that they were fighting with people who were involved in kidnapping and other anti-social activities.


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