Taliban video shows beheaded soldiers

2012-06-27 22:27

Islamabad - Taliban militants on Wednesday released a video showing severed heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers who they claimed to have killed in a cross-border attack on a check post in Pakistan.

The beheading, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, took place on Sunday when Taliban militants from Afghanistan infiltrated into the northwestern district of Upper Dir.

A senior security official in the northwestern regional capital of Peshawar on Wednesday confirmed that a total of 17 soldiers were targeted by the attackers who came from the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.

"Six troops were killed on the first day and another seven were slaughtered the next day," the official said.

"Four were missing and now they have also been beheaded," he said.

Dir, a key border transit route, neighbours Swat valley where Pakistan defeated a local Taliban insurgency in 2009.

Intelligence officials blamed the attack on loyalists of Pakistani cleric Maulana Fazlullah, who fled to Afghanistan after losing control of Swat to the army.

The video prepared by the Taliban's media wing shows 17 severed heads of soldiers placed on a white sheet while masked men stand behind clutching assault rifles captured from the soldiers.

Local security officials confirmed that all the victims were Pakistani soldiers.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have long blamed each other for Taliban violence plaguing both sides of their porous, mountainous border.

Pakistan says rebels have regrouped in eastern Afghanistan.

Afghan and US officials want Pakistan to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked havens used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

  • Ian - 2012-06-27 23:34

    sick fks, probally beheaded innocent villagers

      dawood.timol - 2012-06-27 23:43

      U either with us or against us..Now the same for the US soldiers.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-28 04:33

      Dawood is the same sad, deranged individual who calls for the extermination of all Jewish people.

      taariq.janodien - 2012-06-28 06:37

      Stop feeding the troll

      Ian - 2012-06-28 07:22

      @dawood, well I'm against you , I will die than get told how to live my life, in any case your taliban now is nothing but a toothless wop. very easy to target civilians isnt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-28 04:35

    These are the same people who do not allow girls to be educated at scoops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • seymore.butt - 2012-06-28 05:04

    Now lets see if Pakistan shows the same outrage they have (and open the NATO supply route) after the drone attack that accidentally killed Pakistani soldiers. This would clearly show the rest of the world what Pakistan's view is in fighting terrorism!

  • afrikeni - 2012-06-28 06:43

    At least they killed soldiers not the 'accurate' drones that have collateral deaths

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-06-28 08:55

      those soldiers were innocent aswell you idiot

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-28 07:17

    What a bunch of cowards hidding behind masks...and when they get captured the expect to be treated well and not be humiliated on camera.....

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-06-28 07:40

    Are we sure its the taliban who did this. May be its the americans who did this because they want pakistan back on they side and to open the borders for nato supplies

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-06-28 08:56

      you are more than welcome to go join the Taliban so ISAF can put a bullet in your Taliban supporting head as well

      seymore.butt - 2012-06-28 10:25

      A bit slow there the report. It was a "Video released by Taliban"...claimed by Taliban. If it was Americans why would Taliban claim that they did it? It is good to be skeptical..but blind faith leads to death and destruction only.

      imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-06-28 18:19

      How do you know the video is authentic? I can pay anyone to cover they face and say its taliban

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 03:59

      Imtiaz is one of the reasons why Muslims are being slaughtered daily by unelected dictators and Jihadists. Total, blind denial.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-06-28 07:55

    What type of Cleric would condone such an act? So sad, this act is done in the name of the Almighty.

  • tom.khoza.3 - 2012-07-21 15:47

    Like it has been said before...i say it again...DONT FEED THE TROL(DAWOOD.TIMOL).

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