Officials: Taliban slay at least 22 rivals in latest Pakistan violence

Officials say Taliban militants killed at least 22 rivals after taking dozens of captives in clashes in Pakistan's volatile northwest. The fighting near the South Waziristan tribal region began Monday when fighters attacked villages outside Jandola town. Militants loyal to Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud took captives from a rival, pro-government faction, headed by Turkistan Bitani. A local administration official and an intelligence official said the bullet-riddled bodies of at least 22 captives were found early Wednesday along the Tank-Jandola road. A second government official said the bodies were taken to a nearby military camp. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.