Taliban militants shot dead three pro-government tribesmen in a restive Pakistani tribal area, accusing the victims of spying against them, officials said on Thursday.
The bodies of the tribesmen, aged 30-40 years old, were found on Thursday morning near a road in the Tally area of Bajaur tribal region which borders Afghanistan, a local government official told AFP.
"They were shot in the neck and a note found with their bodies said all those indulging in activities against Taliban and cooperating with the government will suffer the same fate," the official said.
Militants have killed several tribesmen, accusing them of spying on their activities on behalf of the Pakistani government and US forces operating across the border in Afghanistan.
Tribal regions have been wracked by violence since hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda rebels fled there after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.
US and Afghan officials have repeatedly claimed the rugged tribal region is used by militants to launch cross-border attacks on international coalition troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Violence linked to Pakistan's role in the "war on terror" has claimed the lives of nearly 1,200 people in suicide and bomb attacks across the country in the past year.