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Taliban behead three Pakistan tribesmen

Taliban militants shot dead then cut the heads off three tribesmen in a restive Pakistan tribal area bordering war-torn Afghanistan, an official and witnesses said.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2009 21:12 IST

Taliban militants shot dead then cut the heads off three tribesmen in a restive Pakistan tribal area bordering war-torn Afghanistan, an official and witnesses said on Friday.

Residents found the headless bodies dumped in the wilderness in Charmang, a known Taliban stronghold in the semi-autonomous district of Bajaur.

Local administration official Mohammad Jamil Khan identified one of the victims as a local tribesmen and confirmed his death.

"Abdul Ghafoor was kidnapped three days ago. He appeared to be have been shot dead with a Kalashnikov and he was also beheaded," Khan told AFP.

Residents said Taliban militants kidnapped Ghafoor and the other two tribesmen because they were considered supporters of the Pakistani government who joined a tribal force to fight the Islamist hardliners.

On February 28, the Pakistan military said it had effectively defeated the Taliban in Bajaur, where a massive offensive was launched last August in the wake of US pressure to do more to stop attackers infiltrating into Afghanistan.