Islamic extremists killed two Afghan nationals accused of being US spies in the restive Pakistani tribal belt yesterday, officials said.
The beheaded and limbless body of an Afghan national identified as Habibur Rehman was found in waste ground near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, a security official said.
"The militants beheaded the man and also chopped off his legs and arms," the official said, requesting anonymity.
A note placed near the body said people should know "this is the fate of those who spy for American forces," he said.
US officials have said the region has become a safe haven for al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives.
Rehman, believed to be in his 30s, had been living as a refugee in North Waziristan, having arrived from the eastern Afghan town of Zurmat.
The note said he had "confessed" to receiving US$200 a month for spying for US forces across the border in Afghanistan, according to the official.
The body of another Afghan refugee was found near the bazaar of Datta Khel town, some 20km west of Miranshah, another official said.
He said the man, identified as Mohammad Amir, was shot dead and a note placed near the body read: "He was an American spy."
Militants believed to be linked with al-Qaeda and the Taliban have killed several people including local tribesmen whom they accused of espionage.
Meanwhile Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded suspected militant bases in the mountainous region overnight.
The attacks were believed to be targeting militant arms depots.
Hundreds of extremists fled into Pakistan's mountainous border areas after the ouster of the hardline Taliban regime in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, where they found support from conservative Pakistani tribesmen.
POINT-BLANK RANGE: Reporters and camera people from several outlets say police officers in Minneapolis had fired tear gas and rubber bullets directly at them Multiple journalists on the ground in Minnesota said they were teargassed and subject to other attacks by police on Saturday evening, a day after the widely condemned arrest of a CNN reporter live on air. Los Angeles Times journalist Molly Hennessy-Fiske, who was reporting outside the Fifth Precinct in Minneapolis, said she was with a group of about a dozen journalists when the Minnesota State Patrol “fired tear gas canisters on us at point blank range.” “I was saying: ‘Where do we go?’ They did not tell us where to go. They didn’t direct us. They just fired on us,” she said
For nearly a decade, the UN Security Council has been frequently paralyzed by Russia’s obstinacy over the Syrian crisis. Today, however, it is the US-China rivalry that has infected a growing array of issues, according to officials and diplomats. As recently as 2017, an understanding between Washington and Beijing allowed the UN on three occasions — involving separate sets of economic sanctions — to project international unity in the face of the North Korean nuclear threat. Three years later, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a ferocious competition erupt between the UN’s two main contributors, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May
HISTORIC FLIGHT: The astronauts named their capsule ‘Endeavour,’ after the space shuttle on which they both flew, while Elon Musk said he was overcome with emotion Two veteran NASA astronauts headed for the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday after Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Saturday became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a 19-hour voyage to the space station. “Let’s light this candle,” Hurley, the mission commander, told SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California, before liftoff at 3:22pm from NASA’s
INDIA Pride to be preserved The nation would not let its “pride be hurt” in its latest border flare-ups with China, but is determined to settle the dispute through talks, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh said in a television interview late on Saturday. “Situations arise with China. It has happened before,” Singh said, adding that the government was striving to make sure “tension does not escalate.” The government has turned down US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate, he said. IRAN Speaker says talks futile Newly elected Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf yesterday said that any negotiations with the US would be “futile.” The nation’s