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Taliban kill 6 alleged U.S. spies in Pakistan's tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Jan. 21, IRNA -- Suspected Taliban militants killed six men accused of spying for the United States in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan, local tribesmen said on Tuesday.

The bullet-ridden bodies of two persons, including two Afghan natioanls, were found near Miransha, the center of North Waziristan, and four were found near Mir Ali, a major town in the region, they said.

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

The notes warned that anyone spying for the U.S., Pakistan army and Afghanistan would meet the same fate. The note said that both men had confessed to their 'crime'.
Taliban say that spies were providing information to the U.S. authorities in Afghanistan about the hideouts of the militants in Pakistani's tribal belt for U.S drones attacks.

U.S drones regularly fire missiles on hideouts of suspected militants in Waziristan tribal regions. The militants believe that the government authorities are also passing on information to the U.S, but the government rejects the charges.

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

Taliban militants released a viodeo last month of statements of alleged spies and showed one man shooting by the militants after he said he was spying.

U.S. says al Qaeda- and Taliban-linked militants operate from the tribal regions of Pakistan and organize attacks on U.S and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

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

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday asked the visiting British Defence Minister to help stop U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan as it is counter-productive and is affecting the government campaign against terrorism.

Around 15 people have been killed in Waziristan tribal region on espionage charges this month.

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