Taliban execute 21 kidnapped security personnel
By Sadaf Shinwari - 30 Dec 2012, 10:09 am
The bullet-riddled bodies of the policemen were found in Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar, located a short distance from the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, shortly after midnight.
On late Wednesday night, an estimated 30 heavily armed Taliban militants launched an attack on two checkpoints south of Peshawar, killing two security personnel, wounding another and kidnapping 23 others.
Naveed Abbas, a senior administration official in the Khyber region confirming the report said one man was badly wounded but survived. He said, adding that the bodies had been found.
The killing of the men followed two high-profile attacks in Peshawar this month. Suicide bombers attacked Peshawar’s airport on December 15 and a bomb killed a senior Pashtun nationalist politician and eight other people at a rally on December 22.
The Darra Adam Khel faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack on the check posts.
Police officials had said yesterday that the elders had established contact with the militants and started negotiations for the release of the kidnapped personnel.