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Taliban kill 3 'US spies' in Pak: official

Taliban militants executed three people in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border after accusing them of spying for the United States, officials said on Monday.

world Updated: Jan 05, 2009 11:28 IST

Taliban militants executed three people in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border after accusing them of spying for the United States, officials said on Monday.

The body of a 25-year-old local tribesman was found on Monday hung upside down in a tree in the town of Naurak in North Waziristan, residents and security officials said.

The man had been kidnapped from the region's main town of Miranshah last week.

The bullet-riddled bodies of two Afghan refugees were dumped on a roadside in the same area, a security official said.

Notes found near the bodies said "they were found guilty of spying for the US forces in Afghanistan," he added.

Militants have killed dozens of local tribesmen and Afghan refugees on charges of spying, mainly for the Pakistani government or US forces operating across the border in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's lawless tribal areas have been wracked by violence since hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda rebels sought refuge in the region after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan toppled the hardline Taliban regime in late 2001.