Taliban militants on Tuesday gunned down four alleged robbers in the restive Hangu region of northwest Pakistan, official sources said.
The bodies of the four men, identified as Muhammad Anwar, Muhammad Farooq, Ghazi and Sharabi, were found lying by a roadside in Sarak Dana area of Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
A note found near the bodies identified the men and said that they were "robbers".
It also claimed that the men had confessed to their crime and that local residents were fed up of their "anti-social activities".
The killing of the men had become "necessary to purge the area of the robbers and to make it a safe abode for peaceful citizens", the note contended.
The Taliban warned people against offering funeral prayers for the men.
Anyone who offered such prayers would meet the same fate, the note cautioned.
Police officials said that they had been looking for the suspected robbers.
Hangu, located near the restive tribal belt, has witnessed several attacks by militants in the past few days.
A bomb planted in a bus went killed 18 people in the area on Monday.