Fifteen more bullet riddled bodies of suspected Taliban militants were on Thursday recovered from the Swat valley in Pakistan's restive northwest, raising concerns of extra-judicial killings.
This was the second day in running that the authorities have come across bodies of suspected Taliban militants, but the Army attributed the killings to inter-militancy rivalry.
"I can confirm that 15 bodies were found today and our information is that they are militants," private TV channels quoted army spokesman Major Mushtaq Khan as saying.
"They might have been the victims of infighting among militant groups or killed by local people," the spokesman said.
Bodies of six top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militants were found in the Hangu region of the North West Frontier Province by the police on Wednesday.
They were found with explosives attached to their bodies triggered to explode on touch. The militants belonged to the Taliban faction led by Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone attack in August. It could not be immediately ascertained who had killed the six commanders.
Earlier at the height of Swat operation fingers had been raised at the Army when bodies of large number of Taliban militants were found in street corners and crossroads.