Taliban gunmen kill suspected US spy in Pakistan

November 28, 2006 08:59


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Suspected pro-Taliban militants shot and killed a local cleric in a volatile Pakistani tribal region for allegedly spying for the US forces operating in neighboring Afghanistan, a security official said Tuesday. The bullet-riddled body of Gul Tahmim was found late Monday in a ravine near Makeen, a town in the North Waziristan tribal region where Pakistani forces have been posted to track remnants of al-Qaida, the Taliban militia and their local supporters. No one claimed responsibility for the killing, but the official - who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media - blamed the local Islamic militants for it. A note left with Tahmim's body also said: "See this body! He was spying for America and had friendship with Maulana Salahuddin and Maulana Hashim Khan, who were also American spies." Khan's decapitated body was found by authorities Nov. 19, while Salahuddin was slain in October.

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