From VOA News:
Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 10:10 am
The Pakistani Taliban says it killed 15 paramilitary soldiers after abducting them late last month along the country's restive border with Afghanistan.
A Taliban spokesman told reporters Thursday that the group shot the troops before dumping them in the border tribal region of North Waziristan. Local officials say they have recovered the bodies and that they have gunshot wounds and show signs of torture.
The abduction occurred on December 22 when militants raided a paramilitary post in the Tank district of the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The soldiers are members of Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary, a paramilitary force operating in the Afghan border region that is home to several insurgent groups.
The Taliban says the attack was carried out in revenge for one of Pakistan's recent military operations against militants in the area.
The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban, is a loosely organized group of insurgents that formed in 2007. Though its members mainly operate in Pakistan's tribal areas, the group is believed to have carried out routine bomb and gun attacks elsewhere in the country.
The latest incident comes days after al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban leaders reportedly asked Pakistani militants to stop targeting Pakistani security forces. The request, which allegedly originated with Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar, said that Pakistani militants should instead concentrate on battling U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan...
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