The Mohmand Agency chapter of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed that it has killed 23 FC men taken captive earlier.
The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by military authorities.
According to media reports, Umar Khorasani of the TTP Mohmand Agency claimed in a statement released late Sunday night that the 23 FC men had been kidnapped along with seven other officials from the Shongrai check post on June 14, 2010. He said the group killed the 23 soldiers to avenge the “killing of Taliban prisoners in the government’s custody”.
“We had urged the government to stop the killings of our comrades… [But] it has continued to do so against the backdrop of peace talks,” Khorasani claimed.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2014.