Six pro-government militia members killed in Khyber

Official says hand-written notes by Lashkar-e-Islam found claiming the killings


Afp September 09, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The bullet-riddled bodies of six anti-Taliban militia fighters were discovered on Wednesday in Qamar Khel of Khyber district bordering Afghanistan, officials said, taking the number of tribesmen found executed by militants this week to 11.

Around 20 members of the pro-government Tauheedul Islam (TuI) militia were captured by the Taliban affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group on Friday, who dumped five bodies in the Qamar Khel area of Khyber district on Monday.

The bodies of six more militiamen were found in the same area on Wednesday, a senior government official told AFP.

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"All dead bodies are bullet-riddled. We also found hand-written notes by Lashkar-e-Islam from near the dead bodies claiming the killings," he said.

Shamsul Islam, another senior official, confirmed the incident and said the authorities were looking into reports of another three more bodies being found.

Khyber is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal areas which have been at the forefront of a militant insurgency that began after Taliban and al Qaeda fighters fled across the Afghan border following the US-led invasion of that country.

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Radicalised tribesmen carried out a campaign to eliminate hundreds of tribal elders, the traditional backbone of their society, in order to wrest power for themselves. They later formed the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in 2007.

In response, the government recruited tribesmen to form pro-government militias, in addition to waging several military offensives.

The military is currently carrying out major operations in Khyber and North Waziristan tribal areas, while the remaining five districts are relatively calm.

Many analysts believe the Pakistani Taliban's capacity to mount major attacks has taken a serious hit following the latest offensives.

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COMMENTS (1)

syed & syed | 5 years ago | Reply The answer is make FATA a province. They will have their own government and police to tackle insurgency. Why the Government is not taking the step is beyond ones imagination Why they are ruled as per law on British Raj. They are also citizens of Pakistan and have similar rights as any Pakistani living under Provincial Government.
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