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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-05-12 07:09 AM
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1. More: Militants say they killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary troops
REPORTING FROM ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Militants on Thursday claimed responsibility for killing 15 Pakistani paramilitary troops this week that they kidnapped from a checkpost near the Afghan border in December, dealing a serious setback to potential peace talks between Islamabad and the countrys homegrown insurgency.

The bodies of the men were found in the village of Shewa in North Waziristan, a tribal region that serves as a stronghold for several Pakistani and Afghan insurgent groups, local officials said. They were members of the Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary force that patrols Pakistans volatile tribal districts along the Afghan border.

They had been abducted by gunmen Dec. 22. One soldier was killed at the time, but seven escaped. The Pakistani Taliban said the executions were in retaliation for a Pakistani military operation in the Khyber tribal region Jan. 1 that killed 12 Taliban militants. Among them was Qari Kamran, a Taliban commander who headed up the insurgent groups operations in the northwest city of Nowshera.

The Taliban also claimed Pakistani soldiers detained women and children belonging to militants families during the Khyber operation. Both Sharia law and local traditions do not permit the killing of mujahedin fighters and the arrests of women and children, the Taliban said in a statement released in North Waziristan.

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