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Taliban kill 'US spy' in Pakistan: official

world Updated: Apr 27, 2009 19:21 IST

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Taliban militants in Pakistan's restive tribal area on Monday killed a man they accused of spying for the US forces stationed across the border in Afghanistan, officials said.

The mutilated body of a Pakistani tribesman was found in Kam Saroobi village near Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal district, local police officer Ghawas Khan said.

The man, identified as Mohammad Sadiq, 28, was kidnapped about three months ago, he said. "Sadiq's body had several bullet wounds and his hands and legs were chopped off," another police official said.

A note found with the body said he was "an important US spy," a local administration official said, requesting anonymity.
Islamist militants frequently kidnap and kill local tribesmen or Afghan refugees on charges of spying for the Pakistani government or US forces, who are battling a Taliban-led insurgency in war-torn Afghanistan.

Pakistan's rugged tribal regions have been wracked by violence since becoming a stronghold for hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda rebels who fled across the border to escape the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.