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Splinter Taliban group issue death orders

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 10, IRNA -- A Taliban faction, which has signed a peace deal with the government, has issued orders for the killing of those militants who launch attacks from marketplaces and houses in North Waziristan tribal region.

Taliban group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadar issued death threats to anti-government militants days after a roadside bomb killed two soldiers and injured nine others at Datta Khel area, in North Waziristan.

The main Taliban group was quick to deny hand in the attack and vowed to punish the perpetrators.

It was believed that militants from Hakimullah group, who have also presence in North Waziristan, may have carried out the attack. Some pointed fingers at Punjabi Taliban but no one has claimed responsibility.

A day after the attack, the security forces, backed by helicopters and artillery, shelled positions of suspected militants in the outskirts of Miranshah, center of North Waziristan.

Taliban and tribal elders were quick to prevent further escalation and both announced to trace and punish under tribal traditions.

The security forces had dynamited a private hospital on Miranshah-Datta Khel road a day after the attack which they believed was used by the militants for attack on the security forces convoy.

On Friday Hafiz Gul Bahadar group took another step to avoid any attack on the security forces distributed leaflets, warning against any attack on the security forces in the region.

“We the Shura-e-Mujahideen (Council of Holly Worriers) of North Waziristan give last warning to those who had attacked the security forces few days ago. They had detonated landmines and used markets and civilian residential areas for attacks,” the Urdu-language leaflets said. A copy of the leaflet has been received by The Express Tribune.

“They should avoid any such action in future otherwise practical steps would be taken against them,” the message said.

Hafiz Gul Bahadar had struck a peace deal with the security forces, through tribal elders, in 2006, under which both sides will not attack each other and his group will not shelter foreigners. The area had been relatively calm as both sides still hold the peace deal despite mounting pressure on Pakistan to launch major operation in North Waziristan against al-Qaeda, Haqqani network and Taliban in the region.

“We order all Commanders in Waziristan, Mujahideen and public to kill all those who use houses, shops and hotels for attacks (on security forces). We will be responsible for their murder,” the Taliban leaflet said.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30469489

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