Pakistani Taliban release execution footage of FC troops
By Ghanizada - Mon Jan 23 2012, 10:57 am
Pakistan’s Tehrek-e-Taliban has released a video showing the execution of 15 Pakistani soldiers whose bodies were found earlier
this month after they were kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan.
The deceased Pakistani soldiers were kidnapped by Pakistani Taliban last month in the northwestern town of Tank.
The 2.38 minute video, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, was released late Saturday and shows the blindfolded soldiers sitting in three rows on a hillside.
The soldiers had their hands tied behind their backs and were flanked by two masked gunmen.
A militant as per the report said, “Twelve of our comrades were besieged and mercilessly martyred in the Khyber Agency (area). Our pious women were also targeted. To avenge those comrades, we will kill these men. We warn the government of Pakistan that if the killing of our friends is not halted, this will be the fate of you all.”
One of the captives, before his death, was heard describing on the video how scores of insurgents raided the army fort in the northwestern town of Tank and captured the soldiers there.
FC (Frontier Constabulary) commandant Majeed Khan Marwat said that he had received the video and said that his men had been “martyred”.
Officials said that the men were killed in Shawa, a small town in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.