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Pakistani Taliban executes three men

The three - Janan Mehsud, Farooq Wazir and an Afghan national - had allegedly murdered Intezar, a member of the Bandkhel tribe, after snatching Rs 60,000 from him.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2008 19:00 IST

Three men were executed in public by Pakistani Taliban militants in the restive South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday for allegedly killing a teenager.

The region's Assistant Political Agent, Yayha Wazir, confirmed the incident to state-run APP news agency.

The Taliban executed the three men by shooting them in public at Makeen Ada. They were "punished" for allegedly killing 15-year-old Intezar Mehsud.

The three - Janan Mehsud, Farooq Wazir and an Afghan national - had allegedly murdered Intezar, a member of the Bandkhel tribe, after snatching Rs 60,000 from him.

The local Taliban "arrested" the three men and decided to execute them in public after conducting a probe into Intezar's murder.

South Waziristan is the stronghold of militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, the supreme commander of the Pakistani Taliban who was blamed by President Pervez Musharraf for masterminding former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination. A spokesman for Mehsud has denied the charge.