Militants behead "US spies" in Pakistan

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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan, Sep 26 (Reuters) Pro-Taliban militants beheaded two men in Pakistan's restive tribal region on the Afghan border on suspicions they were spying for US forces in Afghanistan, intelligence officials said today.

The decapitated bodies of an Afghan refugee and a Pakistan tribesman were found dumped by the road near Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan region.

Hand-written notes were lying near both bodies, saying they were killed because they were ''US spies''.

''Those spying for the Americans will have a similar fate,'' ones of the notes said.

Militants in North and South Waziristan have killed dozens of people they accuse of being Pakistani government supporters or spies for US forces fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The latest killings came as tribal elders tried to secure the release of about 225 Pakistani soldiers held captive by militants in South Waziristan. The militants released 25 soldiers last week.

Violence has surged in Waziristan since militants unilaterally scrapped a nine-month-old peace deal with authorities in July.

Reuters JK GC1749

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