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Militants kill pro-Govt leader in Pakistan

Totti Gul, a supporter of anti-Al-Qaeda campaign in Waziristan, was dragged out of his car by unknown men and later shot dead.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 18:37 IST

Suspected insurgents on Friday killed a senior pro-government tribal elder and dumped his body on a road in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

Totti Gul, a leading supporter of Pakistan's anti-Al-Qaeda campaign in the tribal district of North Waziristan, was dragged out of his car by unknown men and later shot dead, a tribal security official said.

Gul was the leader of the Dawar tribe in Darpakhel district, with several thousand tribesmen under his authority.

The incident occurred outside the town of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, where Pakistani forces in March fought with pro-Taliban insurgents, killing around 200 of them.

Militants have routinely targetted pro-government tribesmen in the rugged region where Pakistani army is hunting down Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants who sneaked into the region after the fall of Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Official sources said rebels have killed more than 120 such tribal elders in the past two years in Waziristan region.

First Published: May 19, 2006 18:37 IST