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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Militants kidnap 40 tribesmen from Tirah valley: sources

KHYBER AGENCY: At least 40 tribesmen have been kidnapped Saturday allegedly by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants from Haider Kandow area of Tirah valley of Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan.

The sources said that the tribesmen have been kidnapped from an opium and hashish selling “grand fair” held at the Haider Kando area of Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.

The militants also took away hundreds of kilograms of cannabis and Hasish from the area, said the sources. They said that Sheikmal Khel sub tribesmen of the Qamberkhel tribe were segregated from the others and were taken away by the militants.

According to unofficial sources, on the other hand, the number of kidnapped tribesmen is about 100 and they had been picked up for their involvement in the drug trade.

The TTP has not given any official word about the kidnapping.

The incident took place a day after several militants were reported killed in infighting between two distraught Tehreek-i-Taliban factions between whom fighting intensified on Friday in Waziristan.

Both factions are part of the TTP umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the Pakistani state.

The clash started a few days ago and the cause of infighting was said to be over interference in matters inside one another’s domains.

A crucial meeting of the Taliban’s shura was also held at an undisclosed place in North Waziristan yesterday to decide about extending or ending the ceasefire with the government which ended on April 10.

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