PESHAWAR - The bullet-riddled bodies of an anti-Taliban militia commander and three of his associates were dumped near Peshawar’s Dalazak Square on early Wednesday.
The bodies of Faheem Khan, chief of a 1,500-strong vigilante force in Bazidkhel on the outskirts of Peshawar, and three of his associates were found in a Toyota Land Cruiser on the city’s ring road.
Talking to media persons SP City Asif Iqbal said the dead bodies of Faheem Khan and his friends were found dumped in a Toyota Land Cruiser. Police said the exact location that where the anti-Taliban leader and his associates were killed but the family sources said former UC nazim has had visited Islamabad on Tuesday and did not return to home.
Rivalries developed between Taliban and Faheem Khan in November 2009 when militants attacked his Hujra, however, the private guards of anti-Taliban militia leader of Bazidkhel foiled the attack and killed three masked militants in the attack near his Hujra.
Armed militants of Lashkar-i-Islam in several vehicles had also attempted to kidnap him but special guards of Faheem aided by police thwarted the attack and killed eight Taliban militants.
Later, armed militants also targeted Faheem’s Hujra in which several persons were killed and dozens injured. In another incident, Faheem was attacked in a car bomb blast at Barisko Chowk area. However, he survived again. The actual target of the bomb blast was Faheem but luckily he was not present in the building targeted by the miscreants.
Monitoring Desk adds: The Taliban have released a video they say shows the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers captured in a cross-border raid from Afghanistan this week and beheaded, reported Washington Post on Wednesday, quoting an American news agency.
The Pakistani military previously said 13 troops were killed in Sunday night’s raid in the country’s Upper Dir region, and seven of them were beheaded. Four others were missing. The military did not immediately respond to request for comment on the video. The Taliban said in the video that they killed 18 soldiers, but 17 heads were displayed on a bloody white sheet on the ground outside.
Several militants whose faces were covered were standing around the heads, holding weapons they said were captured from the soldiers.
The news agency obtained the video by email Wednesday from Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.