Sat, 01 Sep 2012 13:28:47 GMT | By PTI

Pak Taliban beheads 12 soldiers, video released

Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban have beheaded 12 soldiers captured during a recent attack on a security check post in the restive Bajaur tribal region and released a video showing their severed heads, a militant spokesman said Saturday.

Pak Taliban beheads 12 soldiers, video released (© AP)

Sirajuddin, a spokesman for the Swat chapter of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, told reporters in the country's northwest by phone that the militants had released a video showing the severed heads of the soldiers.

The Pakistan Army says Sirajuddin is operating from Pakistan and speaks for Mullah Fazlullah, the former commander of the Taliban in Swat Valley who is now believed to be based in a border region of Afghanistan.

Journalist Enayat Saafi in Kunar province of Afghanistan said he had seen the video, which shows the bullet-riddled and beheaded bodies of the Pakistani soldiers. He said on phone that the soldiers were beheaded after being shot. Sirajuddin said the Taliban in Bajaur Agency had killed the "infidel soldiers of Pakistan".

The Taliban video showed a militant commander flanked by several armed men, including one wielding a large axe.

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