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3 alleged US spies killed in Pakistan's tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan 5 ,IRNA -- Suspected militants have killed three men accused of spying for the United States in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan, local tribesmen said on Monday.
The bullet-ridden bodies of three persons were found on Monday on the main road between Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan, and Bannu, a major city near the tribal region, they said.

Notes in the local Pashto language, were placed near the bodies, said that they were spying for the United States on local Taliban.

The note warned that anyone spying for the US, Pakistan army and Afghanistan would meet the same fate.

The note said that both men had confessed their 'crime'.

US drones regularly fire missiles on hideouts of suspected militants in Waziristan tribal regions. The militants believe that local spies are passing information to the US on the hideouts of the militants.

Taliban also say that the government is providing clues to US authorities on them. The army denies the charges.

Pakistan says that US carried out around 50 missile attacks in the tribal regions last year and at least two in the past four days.

Militants are blamed for attacking people suspected of spying for the US or Pakistani authorities in the region, which borders Afghanistan.

US says al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked militants operate from the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Pakistan has deployed around 100,000 troops in regions bordering Afghanistan, including North Waziristan, to track down militants.

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