Militants in North west Pakistan have beheaded six security officials and killed seven civilians in apparent reprisals for an army attack. The army attack on the stronghold of pro-Taleban militant Maulana Fazlullah on thursday left at least 17 soldiers and a number of civilians dead.
The bodies of the guards reportedly had notes saying they were American agents. Swat is one of a number of areas near the Afghan border where militants have been gaining control in recent months. Reports say the civilians who were killed were dragged out of a minibus.
A local resident told Associated Press news agency the bodies of the security officials had notes on them reading:” It is the fate of an American agent. Whoever works for America will face the same fate."
Sirajuddin, a spokesman for Maulana Fazlullah, said the killing were carried out by ” common people, who support us because we only want enforcement of Islamic laws”.
Security forces dropped leaflets on saturday urging residents to ” eliminate extremism and terrorism from the swat valley” Eyewitnesses said Thursday’s violence started when troops were airlifted to positions on the hilltops surrounding Maulana Fazlullah’s stronghold.