3 more alleged US spies shot dead in NWA
PESHAWAR: Suspected Taliban militants in the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA) shot dead two Afghan nationals and a resident of the Bannu district and hanged bodies of the Afghans from a tree on the Bannu–Miramshah Road at Naurak village on Monday morning. A hand-written Pashto language letter left with the bodies accused them of spying on ‘Mujahideen’ in North Waziristan for the US forces stationed in Afghanistan. The letter also termed the killing of the two Afghans and the Pakistani a “gift” to US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher.
Naurak villagers said the two Afghans were identified as Omar Siddique and Muhammad Qasim, both hailing from the Khost province of Afghanistan, and were living along with their families in a village near Miramshah. The other slain person was identified as Azizur Rahman, a contractor, of the Bannu district. The slain Afghan nationals were working as labourers with Azizur Rahman. Naurak residents said they saw bullet–riddled bodies of the two Afghans hanging from a tree and that of the Bannu resident lying at the roadside when they came out of their homes in the morning. According to the villagers, nobody dared to touch the bodies after looking at the letter, warning not to remove the bodies before 1pm as they wanted people to “take their lesson” and never indulge in spying for the US forces on ‘Mujahideen’.
After the deadline was over, relatives of the slain, who had already arrived at the scene, took the bodies into their possession and headed for their villages. The two Afghans were laid to rest at a graveyard near Miramshah, while the other was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Bannu.